Terre di Siena
The territory of Siena is divided into different regions, the vineyards of Chianti, the woods of the Val di Merse, the lunar landscape of the Crete and the hills decorated with cypress trees in the Val d’Orcia, all different territories connected by roads to be crossed slowly and to be admired, from which beauty, directors, painters, photographers and writers from all over the world got inspired over the years.
The Vineyards and olive trees feature the landscape, the local gastronomy is magnified by the so called “slow food” culture. The territory around Siena is actually the best example of Tuscan regional identity, rich in natural resources and productivity; it begins with the famous “Chianti-shire” which is situated in the north of Siena with its precious vineyards. Terraced hills and valleys rich in rivers, castles, churches and wonderful buildings typify the countryside.
Tuscan Heritage is a territory of extraordinary landscape conservation, it is characterized by hills enriched with cypress trees and famous villages such as San Quirico, Pienza and Montalcino. Here they produce two of the most famous Tuscan wines, Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello.
In the south of Siena we find the world famous district called “Crete senesi”, an unusual natural landscape created by prehistoric erosions. This special “lunar landscape” is the perfect background for those small medieval villages like Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d’Arbia, Rapolano Terme and San Giovanni d’Asso.
Just 40 minutes far from Podere di Santa Maria lies the Elsa valley. A region crossed by the historical Via Francigena which was a pilgrims’ route with many narrow roads that led to the sea.This area was a strategical meeting point for merchants and pilgrims heading to Rome since the middle ages. In the Val d’Elsa area there is San Gimignano, with its towers, and Monteriggioni, which is famous for its medieval city walls. The famous architect Arnolfo di Cambio was born in Colle val d’Elsa, also known as the “crystal town”.