If you are passionate about art and culture, the areas of Mount Amiata and Val d’Orcia certainly have a lot to offer. There are in fact many museums, traditional or not, that you can visit.
For convenience, in this article we will divide the museums among those found in the province of Grosseto and those that instead belong to the Sienese side.
Museums in province of Grosseto
Museum of Oriental Art and Culture
About 15 kilometers from Mount Amiata we find, in Arcidosso, the Museum of Oriental Art and Culture, which, as the name suggests, aims to disseminate and promote the cultural heritage of the East and the Himalayas. Inside the museum you will find exhibits of various everyday objects and objects of greater cultural value
Piazza del Castello 1, 58031 Arcidosso (GR)
Tel: +39 0564.1643239
About 5 minutes by car from Arcidosso, inside Palazzo Nerucci in Castel del Piano, the eponymous collection ranges from works dating back to the 1700s, to Etruscan finds and not only dated III-II century BC, as well as caricatures, posters and paintings made by Edoardo Cei.
Piazza Colonna, 4, Castel del Piano (GR)
Tel: +39 0564.965268
Vine and wine museum
Also in Castel del Piano in the hamlet of Montenero d’Orcia, we find the museum of the Vine and Wine. On display are descriptive works of the vine and traditional objects related to viticulture.
Piazza Centrale 2, Montenero d’Orcia, Castel del Piano (GR)
Tel: +39 0564.965220
Garden of Piero Bonacina
In the garden of Piero Bonacina we find a collection of contemporary art, which can be visited, of all the artist’s works: iron sculptures, cement, sandstone, travertine.
Località Montegiovi, Casteldelpiano (GR)
Tel: +39 0564.965220
Museum of Mercury Mines
About 20 minutes by car from Monte Amiata, in Santa Fiora, the Mercury Mine museum is interesting. Housed inside the Sforza palace, through six rooms it will be possible to retrace the fundamental stages of the mining activity that characterized the entire Monte Amiata until 1900. Tools and instruments, reconstruction of a gallery, documents and photographic images, a collection mineralogical and much more await you.
Piazza Garibaldi 23-24,Santa Fiora (GR)
Tel: +39 0564.978226
Finally, in Seggiano we mention the Oil Museum. A very special interactive museum which, starting from the installation of an olive tree recovered from a landslide, winds through a path that includes ancient oil mills, frescoes and tastings. the oil museum. A very special interactive museum which, starting from the installation of an olive tree recovered from a landslide, winds through a path that includes ancient oil mills, frescoes and tastings.
Piazza Umberto I, Seggiano (GR)
Tel: +39 0564.950972
Musei in provincia di Siena
San Giovanni Art Room
Moving towards the villages in the province of Siena, in Castiglione d’Orcia we find the Sala d’Arte San Giovanni, with paintings from the fifteenth century, sacred vases, as well as liturgical objects and furnishings.
Via San Giovanni 10, Castiglione d’Orcia (SI)
Tel. +39 0577.888986
Palazzo Piccolomini Museum
Going down towards the Val d’Orcia, three are the noteworthy museums in Pienza. The Palazzo Piccolomini Museum allows you to visit several rooms containing paintings and representations of the Pientina family of the same name, canvases dated 1700, various weapons, furniture and furnishings from 1400 to 1700, as well as a large and important library.
Piazza Pio II, Pienza (SI)
Tel: +39 0577.530032
The Cathedral Museum ranges from objects from the Etruscan and Roman periods, to a liturgical section containing chalices, reliquaries, crosses, and objects belonging to Pope Pius II, up to the fourteenth-century frescoes and Flemish tapestries of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Visit the site.
Corso il Rossellino, 30, 53026 Pienza (SI)
Tel: +39 0578.749905
A few kilometers from Pienza, in the small village of Monticchiello, we mention the Scene Collection of the Tuscan Traditional Folk Theater, or TEPOTRATOS, which comes from the forty-year experience of Teatro Povero. An interactive collection that combines theatrical traditions and the rural world from which they were born. A museum where, thanks to modern technology, past, present and future come together in a unique, particular representation. More info on the site.
Piazza Nuova, 1, 53026 Monticchiello – Pienza (SI)
Tel: +39 0578.755118
Not to be missed, for wine lovers and not only, a stop at the Brunello di Montalcino Museum, located among the vineyards of the Fattoria dei Barbi.
Località Pordernovi, 170 , Strada Consorziale dei Barbi, 53024 Montalcino (SI)
Tel: +39 0577 846104 , +39 0577 841111
Also in Montalcino the Glass Museum is worth a visit, where tourists can discover collections of Roman glass and Venetian blown glass, as well as more modern works, always referring to glass, made by artists such as Picasso, Dalí and Cocteau. For more information, visit the museum’s website.
Castello di Poggio alle Mura 53024 Montalcino (SI)