Siena e la Val d' Orcia
Tuscany is a real triumph of monuments and landscapes that have been declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including two cities of the Val d’Orcia that have received a special mention: Siena, with its fabulous Duomo, its shell-shaped square and its ancient traditions, an obligatory destination when on holiday in Tuscany. The other is a smaller and, perhaps, even more picturesque place, which embodies the concept – virtual and architectural – of Utopia: it is Pienza, a city built on a human scale – since you are here, remember to taste his famous pecorino, or visit the Roman baths in Bagno Vignoni – a testimony that the beneficial properties of the baths were already known at the time.
Perched on top of a hill, from which you can enjoy a suggestive view over the Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana, Montepulciano is a medieval town with a truly enchanting village. During a walk through the streets of Montepulciano do not miss to stop in one of its cellars to have a tasting of typical local products and to taste the famous Nobile di Montepulciano!
In Montalcino, on the other hand, you can delight your palates with one of the most renowned red wines in the world, Brunello di Montalcino. But Montalcino is not just wine: the narrow streets and alleys of the small village are very characteristic and truly enchanting. The historic center is dominated by the 1361 fortress which from its ramparts offers a fabulous view over the entire Val d’Orcia to the hills of the Tuscan Maremma.
Lucignano, a small Tuscan village, an extraordinary example of medieval town planning, for its elliptical shape with concentric road rings (XIII / XVI century), which has survived intact, has also become famous for a jewel of the Sienese goldsmith’s art that is preserved there : The “Golden Tree”.
Local legend tells of bringing luck to lovers who exchange promises of love in front of its branches, in an extraordinary transposition from a symbol of faith to a symbol of love, which is explained, moreover, with the legend of the tree of life, well known in the Middle Ages.
Arezzo is a very ancient city, older than Alexandria in Egypt and that is why it is worth knowing its past. Arezzo was one of the major Etruscan settlements and later became a Roman center of strategic importance with a flourishing economic activity. The center of Arezzo preserves wonderful monuments, churches, palaces and museums.
Cortona dates back to the Etruscan civilization which exploited the strategic position of the city to control the adjacent territories and who built the imposing defensive walls to protect it from enemy attacks. Cortona fell under the dominion of Florence undergoing artistic influences of the Renaissance. The historic center of Cortona was enriched with precious architectural works and the Valdichiana is known for the famous Chianina meat from which the traditional Florentine steak is made
A city that has kept its charm and the splendor of the past unaltered. This is how Florence, the capital of Tuscany, presents itself. An enchanting city that never ceases to surprise, with its masterpieces of art, the colored marbles of the churches and the architecture that evoke its splendor and the role it played in the development of Renaissance art and culture. The beating heart of Florence is Piazza del Duomo, with the monumental complex of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its dome by Brunelleschi and Giotto’s bell tower. Going to the Palazzo della Signoria or Palazzo Vecchio, one of the symbolic monuments of the city, there are some famous statues including a copy of the famous David by Michelangelo. Next to the square is the majestic Uffizi Gallery, home to one of the most important museums in the world, which includes works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci. Through the ancient and suggestive Ponte Vecchio, dotted with historic goldsmith shops, you reach Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens, a splendid example of an Italian garden, and Piazzale Michelangelo, a favorite destination for tourists for the wonderful view of Florence and the hills. surrounding.