Fonte magria Orto Botanico del Monte Amiata

Fonte Magria – Botanical garden of Mount Amiata

The Botanical Garden of Mount Amiata hosts the most interesting and surprising floristic species of the Amiata volcano. In an area of ​​about one hectare, surrounded by woods alternating with open spaces, there are herbaceous species from all over the territory, whose coexistence is made possible thanks to the particular geo-morphological and pedo-climatic conditions of…

Monte Labbro o monte Labro

Mount Labbro and Davide Lazzaretti

Protected by the grandeur of Mount Amiata and caressed by sea breezes, we find a summit that has unique characteristics: Mount Labbro (sometimes called Mount Labro). It is a mountain that only reaches 1193 meters but which has, however, the typical volcanic cone formation. At its highest point, a singular tower was built there. During…

Tenuta di Monte Sante Marie crete senesi

Monte Sante Marie – Crete senesi

Monte Sante marie: our landscape is our landmark Tenuta di Monte Sante Marie is a big organic farm in the heart of Tuscany, among the arcadian clay hills east of Siena (“Crete Senesi”) made famous by great photographers, popular “hero” bycicle races such as “Eroica” and “Strade Bianche”, rallies, pilgrimage routes (such as the newly…

Snow situation on Monte Amiata

Snow situation on the Mount Amiata

Date: 01/01/2021. Snow situation Amiata. The snowfalls continue which have brought the snowpack to the summit to a thickness of about 100/ 120cm. If it were not for the Covid19 situation, which imposes severe restrictions on the mobility of people, the winter would have started very well. In the hope that there will be a…

Fattoria dei Barbi Montalcino

Fattoria dei Barbi – Montalcino

The Fattoria dei Barbi is located in Montalcino, a few kilometers from the famous abbey of Sant’Antimo, in the heart of the Val d’Orcia, and since the late 1700s it has been owned by the Colombini family. With an extension of over 300 hectares in the lands of southern Tuscany, the Fattoria dei Barbi is…

getting married in val d'orcia

Wedding in Val d’Orcia

How many times, maybe watching a romantic movie, have you stopped to dream of a fairytale wedding against the backdrop of a fantastic landscape? And how many times, visiting Tuscany and in particular the Val d’Orcia, have you said to yourself that without a doubt it is one of the most beautiful places in the…

Petorsola Stone

Petorsola Stone

In the village of Santa Fiora there are many panoramic points where it is possible to admire the natural landscape that characterizes the valley of the Fosso Formica. At the ridge of the aforementioned valley, it is possible to see a stone in particular that rises among the trees. This is a magical monument, surrounded…

Ermicciolo church

Ermicciolo and the spectacle of the wood

Vivo d’Orcia is a town immersed in the green of chestnut, fir and beech trees. In addition to the uniqueness of the Hermitage, there are other natural features that can only be admired in this small Amiata village. We begin our journey by noting that in the wooded area of ​​Vivo it is possible to…

Hermitage of 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 - Tibetan center in 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 - the village

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…