The Val di Chiana proposes a fertile landscape populated with charming Medieval towns, Etruscan tombs, famous vineyards and thermal waters, as well as outlet shopping, easy trails for biking and hiking and a side of Tuscany you have probably never seen before.
The small towns that crest the soft rolling hills have a long and illustrious history, like that of Cortona, long considered the cultural and artistic center of the Val di Chiana with its MAEC museum for Etruscan findings and it’s many events during the year. The Maggiolata Parade in Lucignano and Foiano della Chiana Carnival boast historical reenactments that are well known throughout all of Italy. The ever growing number of vineyards, DOC wines and savoury flavors, is proof that this area has much to offer at the table.
The hills of Arezzo that make up the eastern half of the valley, and they recommend an itinerary following the trail of the Sentiero della Bonifica from Arezzo down to the Lake of Montepulciano and its wildlife reserve. By car, bike, train or bus this area is easy to navigate and is dotted with many intriguing little towns like Civitella della Chiana, Monte San Savino with its delicious Porchetta Sagra and the hidden town of Gargona.
On the western banks of the canal Chiana, least known lakes in Tuscany, Lake of Chiusi, you will find a land best known for its thermal waters at Chianciano, Vino Nobile and extra virgin olive oil Montepulciano and Trequanda. The Val di Chiana Senese is characterized by the abundant, yet softly sloping hills, the beginning of the Creti Senese and Mount Amiata in the distance. You can wander the hillside and visit towns like Sarteano, Cetona and Chiusi all of which boast amazing museums about early life in Tuscany.