The beautiful Collegiata

places to visit nearby

Tuscany, renowned for its beauty, history and traditions, has a lot to offer to its visitors. You will be delighted by the lovely vineyards and olive groves that shape this poetic landscape. Enchanting medieval hill towns, each one with its different history, personality and culinary traditions are waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by you. Without any doubts you wll be surprised by the variety of fine wines and superb food you will taste in each and every different town. 
Castagnatello's location makes it an ideal place from wich discover and enjoy the best of the Tuscan countryside.


Seggiano is an unspoiled hilltop town of etruscan origins, with lovely winding narrow streets and hidden squares that are waiting to be discovered. This is the nearest town to the farmhouse, being ony 1.5 miles away. Seggiano is renowned
for it's famous locally produced Olivastra di Seggiano D.O.P. olive oil, one of the finest italian olive oils.
Well known too is the delicious Pecorino cheese of Seggiano, a must if you like cheese. Excellent is also the local Montecucco's wine, and our neighbour "Piandibugnano" is one of the best producers of the area.  Last but certainly not least the chestnut honey a delicious dark honey with subtle hints of maple syrup.

Amiata Mountain

The 1700 meters high Amiata mountain is an ideal place for cycling, hiking and picnics. There is also a tree top adventure park where the whole family can have fun.
The near monte Labbro is also a nice destination where you can find a natural park with animals and beautiful panoramic walks to Lazzaretti's temple.

Sant'Antimo's Abbey

The spectacular 10th-century Abbey of Sant'Antimo is world renowned for its incredible Romanesque architecture. This is a working monastic centre where you can still listen to the Gregorian chants of the Agostinian friars and visit their small shop for locally produced goods.
This place is really worth a stop to admire the abbey
as well as its fantastic setting.


This enchanting medieval hill town is renowned for its fine wine - the Brunello di Montalcino. Do not leave without tasting this supreme nectar, considered one of the best wines in Tuscany.
It's a pleasure to walk around the picturesque streets of this fortified town, to admire the fantastic view and to visit its many restaurants and wine shops. Visit to the Castle is a must, particularly for its panoramic views and for its
wine shop were you can taste some of the finest Brunello wines.


Montepulciano, a medieval hilltop town rich in history and wine traditions, is one of our favourite places to visit. Its steep winding streets host the most interesting wine cellars wich have been used for centuries to mature the renowned Nobile di Montepulciano wine. The cellars are very interesting to explore - most of them go underground beneath the palazzi and streets, and some even include etruscan crypts in them. 


The coast is one hour away, and the are beautiful seaside towns and beaches to visit. Nice places are the town of Castiglione della Pescaia and the beaches of Cala Violina (shown on the picture), Alberese and the Argentario peninsula

San Quirico d'Orcia

Charming town of Etruscan origins, that still preserves its medieval fortified walls together with 14 small towers. Well worth a visit are the Collegiata church with its magnificent Romanesque-Gothic doorways, 
the Horti Leonini, an interesting example of Renaissance garden laid out by Diomede Leoni in 1580, as well as the Porta Cappuccini (one of the old gates),
Palazzo Chigi and Palazzo Pretorio (the town hall).

Castiglion d'Orcia & Rocca d'Orcia

Castel del Piano

Daniel Spoerri's gardens

A sculpture garden of a prominent contemporary artist. It's near Castagnatello, def initely worth visiting.

Charming village sitting on a hilltop overlooking the Val d'Orcia, famous for its thermal baths since Roman times. The big pool in the centre of town is from the 15th century. There is an open air free pool as well as private spas.


Distant about an hour from Castagnatello,
Siena is one of Europe's best preserved 
medieval towns. Its particularly enjoyable getting lost in its winding streets, walking from one contrada to the next, and finally end up in the majestic Piazza del Campo. 
Definitely worth considering for a day out,
you will enjoy every little detail of this
lovely city.
Particularly interesting is the medieval horse
race "il palio di Siena", were several contrade compete against each other and the winner throws a party to remember! There are 2
palios, one in July and one in August.
A fantastic experience.


Bagno Vignoni

Perfectly preserved ancient town of etruscan origins, Pitigliano is the ideal place to get lost and enjoy the winding medieval streets, the perched houses and its excellent gastronomy. Pitigliano is renowned for its white wine.
Of interest is the Jewish community of Pitigliano, dating back to the 15th Century.

This picturesque town with stone paved streets offers excellent panoramic views of the Val d'Orcia
countryside. Of artistic interest are "Il vecchietta" square, with a XVII century well made of travertino stone (shown in the picture), the church of Santa Maria Maddalena, and the church of Saints Stefano and Degna. In front of Castiglion d'Orcia lies the ancient village of Rocca d'Orcia, which is crowned by the impressive Rocca di Tentennano, a XII century inexpugnable fortress still standing today which dominates the countryside.

Charming town of ancient origins, Castel del Piano is set at the foot of the Amiata Mountain, and is easily reached from Castagnatello. The city centre is pretty and lively, and you will find this place very handy for your shopping. Particularly interesting is the horse race named "il palio", done yearly every 8th of September and dating back to 1402, where the "contrade" (representing different areas of town) race against each other.

Pienza is a romantic town with stunning views  overlooking the val d'Orcia countryside. Previously known as Corsignano, Pienza was entirely rebuilt in th 1496 as an ideal Renaissance town by pope Pio II - who was born in Corsignano himself.
In Pienza is produced an excellent sheep's cheese.