Eremo del Vivo d'Orcia

Hermitage of Vivo

The first historical mention of Vivo d’Orcia, occurs in a Latin text where the river, precisely the Vivo, and the hermits are mentioned: “… quibus obnoxia fuere monasterum et eremus ad Vivum …”. What today is mistakenly called Eremo was actually a monastery of the Camaldolese, however, the church called Ermicciolo, was the actual hermitage.…

Merigar, centro tibetano Arcidosso

Merigar – tibetan center

Tourists who will stay in Mount Amiata will be immersed in nature and history but there is also a very particular place that will capture them spiritually: we are talking about the Merigar. Literally the meaning of Merigar is “The residence of the mountain of fire”. Romantically, we can think that this refers to the…

quercia delle checche Pienza

Quercia delle Checche, Oak tree

If I told you that monuments can also be green, would you believe it? Well, the famous Quercia delle Checche (Oak tree) was named the first green monument in Italy in 2017 by the Ministry of the Environment. Its appearance, precisely monumental and imposing, strikes the eyes of travelers. The peculiarity of this oak lies…

Contingano - il borgo

Contignano

Contignano is a small village belonging to the municipality of Radicofani, immersed in the fascinating Val d’Orcia. It has very ancient origins, like all the villages in the area of ​​Mount Amiata. The first villas were built since Roman times. The Aldobrandeschis took over the lands of the village which were in turn ceded, in…

Fauna park of Mount Amiata

Wildlife park of Mount Amiata

For nature lovers and for those who love being immersed in the peace of a refreshing forest, Mount Amiata represents a more than pleasant destination. The flora is very luxuriant and numerous plant species (also protected) grow there. In the shade of this forest, animals roam undisturbed. Considering these natural uniqueness of the area, an…

Sant'Antimo - facciata

Abbey of Sant’Antimo

The Abbey of Sant’Antimo is an ancient monastery located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, part of the municipality of Montalcino in Tuscany. Immersed in the lands of good wine there is a place of worship full of mysticism and history, it is the Abbey of Sant’Antimo. Let’s start immediately with a peculiar aspect as there is a…

Santuario della Madonna del Soccorso - Montalcino

Sanctuary of Madonna of Rescue

On the way to Montalcino is the Sanctuary of Madonna of rescue. A stop at the Sanctuary to invoke the Madonna of rescue is a must for all pilgrims visiting the Val d’Orcia. The building was built in 1330 in place of the small church of Porta al Corniolo where an ancient panel depicting the…

Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta

Chapel of Madonna of Vitaleta

The most visited and photographed church in the Val d’Orcia is undoubtedly the Chapel of Madonna di Vitaleta which is nestled in the Tuscan countryside on a hill surrounded by cypress trees a stone’s throw from San Quirico d’Orcia . We recommend that you visit the evocative Chapel in different seasons of the year to…

Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista Bagno Vignoni

Church of San Giovanni Battista

The church of San Giovanni Battista is located in the historic center of Bagno Vignoni in front of the large thermal water pool. The ancient parish church has a very simple facade and the interior is composed of a single nave. In the church are preserved: a painting of the Sienese school of the XVIII…

Chiesa della Madonna del Castagno

Church of the Madonna dei Remedi

Continuing our itinerary outside the village of Abbadia San Salvatore is the small church of the Madonna dei Remedi built in 1602. It might seem like a small church on the outskirts of the town and instead worth a visit to admire the beautiful frescoes by Francesco and Giuseppe Nicola Nasini. In the chapel on…

Chiesa della Madonna del castagno

Church of the Madonna del Castagno

The Church of the Madonna del Castagno is located in Abbadia San Salvatore and is located in the place where, according to tradition, an image of the Virgin Mary was found painted on a tile hanging from a chestnut tree. In front of the church a small clearing hosts a piece of land with a…

Piancastagnaio - Santuario della Madonna di San Pietro

Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Pietro

The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Pietro is located in the town of Piancastagnaio and stands in place of a previous church built in Romanesque style. A great peace envelops the Sanctuary, reminding the traveler that only in God can he find true rest and serenity. According to the legend, around 1500, a young…

Garden of Piero Bonacina

The best museums to visit

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…

The fortress of Montalcino-fortress of Montalcino

Fortress of Montalcino

Moving away a few kilometers from Mount Amiata and plunging into the splendid setting of the Val d’Orcia, the Fortress di Montalcino is definitely worth a visit. Built around 1300, incorporating the ancient city walls, the history of the Rocca is closely connected with the Abbey of Sant ‘Antimo first, and with the wars that…

The fortress of Radicofani

Fortress of Radicofani

One of the places that we definitely recommend to visit if you are spending a few days on Mount Amiata is the fortress of Radicofani. Located about 30 kilometers from the top of the mountain, the fortress, or Rocca, dominates the homonymous village of Radicofani and the Val d’Orcia itself. The origin of the fortress…

Fortress of Tentennano

Fortress of Tentennano

Not far from Monte Amiata, about 30 kilometers away, in the middle of the Val d’Orcia, the fortress of Tentennano, in the town of Castiglione d’Orcia, is certainly worth seeing. The fortress, which rises on a rocky spur, has origins that date back to the year 850 and for centuries was one of the most…