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Creti Senesi, Tuscany

Creti Senesi

As you enter into the landscape south of the Crete Senesi, southeast of Siena and Val d'Orcia, you appear to be stepping into another world, one which can only be described as “lunar” with its soft sloping gray colored hills, almost entirely deprived of color. The clay knolls which dot the landscape are the result of the steady erosion of the sediment which remains of the Pliocene sea, a large body of water from between 2.5 and 4.5 million years ago. This area, sometimes referred to as the Desert of Accona, is full of traces of ancient cultures, small medieval towns, local festivals and stunning landscapes.

There is a diverse selection of activities and areas to visit to fully enjoy the area of the Crete Senesi. The local towns of Asciano, Buonconvento and Serre di Rapolano offer a taste of the local cutlural flavor as well as delicious restaurants highlight the local culinary traditions. Heading southeast of Siena, the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is one of the first stops followed by the thermal waters at Rapolano Terme and delicious flavour of white truffles in San Giovanni d'Asso.

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Exploring Crete Senesi - from Siena to Asciano

Discover the secrets of the southern Tuscan landscape and the famous Crete Senesi. Not only is this area perfect for photos of the soft rolling hills and massive cypress trees, but it also offers a beautiful collection of small towns, delicious restaurants and hidden archaeological treasures and artworks.

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The Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Exploring the beautiful area of Crete Senesi in the Eastern part of Siena countryside and a visit at the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore with its great Renaissance fresco cycle. It is situated in a beautiful position immersed in a forest of cypresses.

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Wine Tasting in Tuscany

A visit in Tuscany must include a close encounter with its flavors, fragrances and culinary culture, especially wine tasting & visits to the many diverse vineyards. Covering the areas of Chianti Classico, Chianti, Orcia DOC, the wines of Brunello and Vino Nobile, the DiscoverTuscany team has put together some useful info & do-it-yourself itineraries.

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Serre di Rapolano & Serremaggio

Not far from Siena, in an area which is still immersed in a quite, peaceful atmosphere, one can enjoy visiting a piece of Tuscany's past at the small medieval village of Serre di Rapolano. And after a stroll around the cobbled stone streets, head over and relax in the numerous hot springs that populate the area.

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Myrtus Apartment is perfect for a couple

This countryside studio apartment ideal for a romantic getaway, with its own outdoor terrace and stunning views of the surrounding Crete Senesi and Val d'Orcia hills even from the indoors. With an outdoor saltwater pool, hundreds of scented flowers and herbs in the garden, it will be perfect for relaxing as well as a base for exploring all of southern Tuscany, from Siena to the Val d'Orcia, from Monte Amiata to Arezzo and Umbria.

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Visit Buonconvento

A day trip around Siena should include this picturesque town only 25 kilometers to the south and easily reached by car or train. It is a prime example of architecture, landscapes and good wine from inside the heart of the Creti Senese.

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Podere Cunina - Dreamy Sunsets near Siena

Located just outside Buonconvento, Podere Cunina has spectacular views over the beautiful Tuscan countryside and of the medieval hilltop village of Montalcino. It is the perfect base from which to visit Siena and the Valdorcia but, most of all, enjoy the warmth and welcome of the Freddi family into their home. It is a wonderful venue for an unforgettable wedding.

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