Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbey of Sant'Antimo

Albarese

Acquapendente


anghiari

Archipelago Toscano


Arcidosso


Arezzo


Asciano


Badia di Coltibuono


Bagni San Filippo

Bagno Vignoni

Barberino Val d'Elsa

Beaches

Bolsena Lake


Bomarzo

Brunello di Montalcino

Buenconvento

Campagnatico


Capalbio


Castel del Piano


Castelfiorentino

Castell'Azarra

Castellina in Chianti


Castelmuzio


Castelnuovo Bererdenga


Castiglioncello Bandini


Castiglione della Pescaia


Castiglione d'Orcia


Castiglion Fiorentino


Celleno


Certaldo


Chinaciano Terme


Chianti


Chiusi


Cinigiano


Città di Castello

CivitÀ di Bagnoregio


Colle Val d'Elsa


Cortona


Crete Senesi


Diaccia Botrona

Isola d'Elba

Firenze


Follonica


Gaiole in Chianti


Gavorrano

Gerfalco


Greve in Chianti


Grosseto


Lago Trasimeno


La Foce


Manciano


Maremma


Massa Marittima


Montagnola Senese


Montalcino


Monte Amiata


Monte Argentario

montecalvello

Montefalco


Montemassi


Montemerano


Monte Oliveto Maggiore


Montepulciano


Monteriggioni


Monticchiello


Monticiano


Orbetello


Orvieto


Paganico


Parco Naturale della Maremma


Perugia


Piancastagnaio


Pienza


Pisa


Pitigliano

Prato

Radda in Chianti


Roccalbegna


Roccastrada


San Bruzio


San Casciano dei Bagni


San Galgano


San Gimignano


San Giovanni d'Asso


San Quirico d'Orcia


Sansepolcro


Santa Fiora


Sant'Antimo


Sarteano


Saturnia


Scansano


Scarlino


Seggiano


Siena


Sinalunga


Sorano


Sovana


Sovicille

Talamone

Tarquinia


Tavernelle Val di Pesa


Torrita di Siena


Trequanda


Tuscania


Umbria


Val d'Elsa


Val di Merse


Val d'Orcia


Valle d'Ombrone


Vetulonia


Viterbo

Volterra




 
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Torrita di Siena

Torrita di Siena [1]

 

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Torrita di Siena

   
   

Torrita di Siena is located about 40 km southeast of Siena and about 17 km north of Pienza.
The most important event in Torrita di Siena is the "Palio dei Somari", a race among donkeys, the Sunday after March 19th (Torrita's patron saint).

The first historical records referring to Torrita di Siena date back to the 11th century. The original centre was situated on a long ridge, closed within the remains of old fortified walls dating from the beginning of the 13th century and continuously repaired after the numerous attacks suffered. The fortification was crowned with nine square towers on which ramparts were placed in 1528 according to the design by Baldassarre Peruzzi.
The square stands at the centre of the cross-shaped town where its three towers epitomize the three powers: military (the castle tower), civil (the Town Hall) and religious (the church of SS.Flora and Lucilla).

Sights and Attractions:

Church of Triano • Church of Madonna dell'Olivo • Church of Madonna delle Fonti a Giano • Church of Madonna delle Nevi • Church of Santissima Annunziata • Church of St. Flora e Lucilla • Church of Santa Croce • Collegiate church of Saints Martino e Costanzo

Chiesa della Madonna dell'Olivo

Market day is on Friday.
January 17 : Sant'Antonio fair


Locanda L'Amorosa, Sinalunga

 

 

Just outside the pretty little town of Sinalunga, Locanda L'Amorosa is an ancient 14th century hamlet, transformed into a luxury hotel with restaurant.

Art in Tuscany | Fattoria l'Amorosa | Sinalunga

 

 

Cappella di San Michele alla Fratta

 

 
The first iconographical mention of L'Amorosa dates back to the year 1363, in the fresco of Lippo Vanni, which hangs in the Sala del Mappamondo (Museo Civico) in Siena's Palazzo Pubblico. This image depicts the battle of Valdichiana,, fought in October on the plains under the city's walls. [3]  


Affresco di Lippo Vanni La battaglia della Valdichiana, detail of L'Amorosa

 

 
Lippo Vanni, Victory of the Sienese Troops at Val di Chiana in 1363

 

Accompanying Simone Martini's Maestà in the Sala del Mappamondo (formerly known as Sala del Consiglio) were a number of secular images. Frescoes commemorated battles and important military captains. One of the best surviving examples of this reportorial art was commissioned from the painter and miniaturist Lippo Vanni to record the Sienese victory in the Val di Chiana over English mercenaries in 1363. His monochromatic fresco records the progress of the battle and the disposition of the troops episodically across the wall; it is a graphic chronicle of the event rather than a naturalistic reconstruction, with cities carefully labeled and the armies identified by the heraldic flags of their leaders.

 

 
 Victory of the Sienese Troops at Val di Chiana in 1363

c. 1364
Fresco
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

Lippo Vanni, Victory of the Sienese Troops at Val di Chiana in 1363, c. 1364, fresco, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

 

Worth noting is Montefollonico, a former medieval castle which still contains interesting traces of its past and is surrounded by a truly beautiful landscape.

 

   
   

Montefollonico


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Montefollonico [1]

 

La chiesa del Triano si trova a Montefollonico nel comune di Torrita di Siena.

 

   
Churches in Tuscany | Monastery of Santa Maria near Montefollonico.    
     
     
 
   
Torrita di Siena borders the following municipalities: Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, Sinalunga, Trequanda.

Comune di Torrita di Siena | Piazza Matteotti, 53049 Torrita di Siena (SI), Tel. (+39) 0577 6881
www.comune.torrita.siena.it

Uficio informazioni, Piazza matteott, 53049 Torrita di Siena (SI), Tel. (+39) 0577 685 452

Lagor – Bike Renting
Via Aldo Moro 4
53049 Torrita di Siena (SI)
+39 0577 685303

 

  Monastero Santa Maria archi
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Ruins of the monastery of Santa Maria near Montefollonico.

 

 

Hills and vineyeards from Torrita di Siena

   
  This itinerary loops around the hills and the vineyards of the Val di Chiana, passing through places like Montefollonico, a small mid-evil hamlet as well as Montepulciano which merits a detailed visit.    
       
       

[1] Foto di Edisonblus, licenziato in base ai termini della licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 Unported.
[2] Foto di LigaDue, licenziato in base ai termini della licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 Unported.
[3]
Historical information in the 14th Century | www.amorosa.it