Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbey of Sant'Antimo




Archipelago Toscano




Badia di Coltibuono

Bagni San Filippo

Bagno Vignoni

Barberino Val d'Elsa


Bolsena Lake


Brunello di Montalcino




Castel del Piano



Castellina in Chianti


Castelnuovo Bererdenga

Castiglioncello Bandini

Castiglione della Pescaia

Castiglione d'Orcia

Castiglion Fiorentino



Chinaciano Terme




Città di Castello

CivitÀ di Bagnoregio

Colle Val d'Elsa


Crete Senesi

Diaccia Botrona

Isola d'Elba



Gaiole in Chianti



Greve in Chianti


Lago Trasimeno

La Foce



Massa Marittima

Montagnola Senese


Monte Amiata

Monte Argentario





Monte Oliveto Maggiore








Parco Naturale della Maremma







Radda in Chianti



San Bruzio

San Casciano dei Bagni

San Galgano

San Gimignano

San Giovanni d'Asso

San Quirico d'Orcia


Santa Fiora














Tavernelle Val di Pesa

Torrita di Siena




Val d'Elsa

Val di Merse

Val d'Orcia

Valle d'Ombrone




              Monte Amiata




Southern Tuscany is an undiscovered jewel. Hidden away from mass-tourism, discover a piece of Italy which remains largely unchanged both nature and lifestyle-wise. The peacefulness of the countryside, the various unique villages and the friendly atmosphere will no doubt pleasantly surprise you.

Monte Amiata is a unique presence in the landscape of Maremma. It is the only mountain of the southern Tuscany and the highest Italian extinct volcano.
Monte Amiata is known for its medieval towns, the gastronomy and for its ski-runs. On the north-east side it appears to the gentle landscape of Val d'Orcia, while on the east side it closes the landscape of Maremma.

Monte Amiata last erupted about 180,000 years ago and continues to fuel many thermal springs (terme) around its base, including the hot water bathing centres of Bagno Vignoni, San Casciano dei Bagni and Bagno S. Filippo.
Bagni di San Filippo has a thermal waterfall whose 40 °C water is delightful year round, and especially invigorating in the winter.

Beech and chestnut trees cover the lower slopes of Monte Amiata, and the higher slopes are covered with old growth forests that are spectacularly coloured in the autumn and make the mountain extremely popular among hikers. Both the flora and fauna of these forests are unusually diverse, with a number of endemic species. Even wolves were present until the end of the second world war. There is a now an excellent Parco Faunistico with marked paths that guide the visitor through the various habitats of the mountain.

Castiglioncello Bandini is the perfect country base for discovering Monte Amiata.
Podere Santa Pia is within easy reach to the main attractions of Monte Amiata. From Monticello Amiata you can continue to the medieval centres of Arcidosso, Seggiano, Vivo d’Orcia, Abbadia San Salvatore, Castel Azarra, Piancastagnaio, and more to the south to Roccalbegna.

The region is served by the Kompass map n.653, (Pienza-Montalcino-Monte Amiata, scale 1:50000).

Monte Amiata

    The Monta Amiata

Monte Amiata   Endowed with significant natural and environmental resources, the Maremma is today one of the best tourist destinations in Italy, a region where ancient traditions have survived and Tuscan culture is preserved.

Monte Amiata is the tallest mountainous territory in the Tuscan Maremma at 1738 metres and is located between Siena and Grosseto. Monte Amiata has, is and always will be the rugged heart of the Maremma. Home to the territory’s most ancient roots and traditions, as well as its purest natural beauty.
Monte Amiataoffers a wide variety of history and culture, spectacular scenery and a fascinating history stretching back to the Etruscan civilisation before the arrival of the romans.
There aren’t many towns around Monte Amiata, but they’re all renowned for their extreme natural beauty and historical legacy: Arcidosso, Castell'Azzara, Castel del Piano, Cinigiano, Roccalbegna, Santa Fiora, Seggiano, Semproniano.

Cinigiano - Castiglioncello Bandini   The fraction of Castiglioncello Bandin belongs to the municipality of Cinigiano, at the foot of Poggio all'Olmo Nature Reserve, and is dominated by a splendid castle.
The castle complex was developed during the Middle Ages and was in possession of the family Aldobrandeschi.

The Grape Feast (Festa dell’Uva) takes place in October in Cinigiano. It’s an event first established in 1961 and involves the whole local population. On this occasion the wine-cellars dug out of the rocks underneath the old town are re-open and it is possible to taste Montecucco DOC wines.
Thanks to the success of the red DOC wine Montecucco, Cinigiano has become a very lively village. We especially recommend Calici sotto le Stelle, literally 'wine glasses under the stars', on August 10, the night of Saint Lorenzo and of shooting stars, when cellars are opened to the public.

Nearby are the Porrona Castle, a stunning village whose image has been borrowed to promote DOC Montecucco wine, Monticello Amiata where suggestive atmosphere radiates from the village and a small ethnographic museum displays memories of long gone times, and Stribugliano.

Castiglioncello Bandini
  Rising at the feet of Monte Amiata, in the province of Grosseto, the town is famous for the extraordinary beauty of its zone, characteristic for ancient structures and for the great fascination of its panorama and scenery, which offer views of the mountains, the hills and the countryside.
The historic center of Arcidosso, one of the most striking of Amiata, develops in a long pyramid shape along the plateau dominated by the Aldobrandesca Fortress. From here, one can have a breathtaking view of the surrounding region and one can reach the villages Castel del Piano, Roccalbegna, Santa Fiora, Piancastagnaio and Abbadia San Salvatore.

There are a lot of hiking and mountain-biking trails around Arcidosso. Walking the undulating hilltops overlooking medieval villagers, past vineyards and olive groves to the magnificent open vistas and sun splashed landscapes of southern Tuscany.


Arcidosso, Rocca Aldobrandesca

Castel del Piano   Though Castel Del Piano is the main commercial center of this area, this town also has an interesting cultural heritage. The origins are very ancient - archeological finds date back to Paleolithic, Neolithic, Etruscan and Roman periods.
Castel del Piano hosts one of the country's oldest horse-race events, dating back to the 15th century. The Palio delle Contrade is a three-day event accompanied by colourful festivities. The palio was raced for the first time in 1402.



  Seggiano rises on a buttress placed along the north-western side of the Amiata mount. It was founded at the time of the Etruscans and it is set amidst beautiful landscapes.
Among the most important monuments to see in Seggiano we point out here the Santuario della Madonna della Carità, the Chiesa di San Rocco, the Parrocchiale di San Bartolomeo and the Castello di Potentino.

Santuario della Madonna della Carità

The Santuario was built between 1589 and 1603 is important for the trachyte façade in Baroque-style and is characteristic for its Dome in red bricks. On the principal wall, the church has a fresco representing the Annunciazione and the interior hosts seven different kinds of altars.

Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri

At the beginning of the Nineties the Swiss Artist Daniel Spoerri established a sculpture garden in the South of Tuscany, Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri. It has been opened for the public in 1997 and can be visited from Easter until October. There are 87 installations by 42 artists in an area of about 16 ha.

Castello di Potentino

The castle of Potentino was the protagonist of Seggiano's medieval history. It was built around the year 1000. At the beginning, this fortress belonged to the Abbey of San Salvatore, before Siena took it in the XIII century. The Castle of Potentino is situatedon the right hand side of the Vivo River, about 1,5 km from the centre of Seggiano, direction Montegiovi.



Castello di Potentino

Vivo d'Orcia   Vivo d'Orcia is a splendid outlying district of Castiglion d'Orcia, set in a valley outside time. At the foot of the castle, the river Vivo runs whose sources rise in the locality of Ermicciolo. Starting in the middle ages flour-mills, paper-mills and ironworks were built along the torrent and, in the 1920’s, one of the first hydroelectric power stations. Traces of these old buildings, covered with climbing plants, may still be seen here in one of the area’s most beautiful and evocative landscapes.
Vivo d'Orcia preserves a marvelous hermitage, the Palazzo Cervini and the Romanesque Chapel dell'Ermicciolo. A short way from the centre is the Eremo del Vivo (or County), a palazzo of late Renaissance form designed by Antonio da Sangallo the younger. From the sources of the Vivo reservoir, which supplies Siena and Val di Chiana, an ascent road among beech and chestnut trees leads to the little church of Ermicciolo and the characteristic drying rooms or, as some experts put it, the first inhabited nucleus of Vivo d'Orcia.

Walking in Tuscany | Val d'Orcia [1]

Walking in Tuscany | Val d'Orcia [2]



Borgo dell'Eremo
and Chiesa di San Marcello

Radicofani   Radicofani is characterized by the presence of the Rocca, which dominates the Orcia valley from south. The tower that can be seen from everywhere in the valley, has been rebuilt in the XIX century. The Rocca is rich of historical and literary memories concentrated on the figure of the legendary master Ghino di Tacco whose life was described by Dante and Boccaccio.
The village of Radicofani maintains the original structure and keeps nearly intact its architectural characteristics of the thirteenth century. In the Romanic Chiesa di San Pietro you can find a precious collection of glazed earth ware and some beautiful wooden statues.
Outside the built up area rises the Palazzo della Posta, an ancient shooting lodge of Ferdinando I, built in the sixteenth century.



San Casciano dei Bagni   San Casciano dei Bagni is a tiny village near Siena, situated between the Paglia and Chiana valleys and surrounded by the Cetona, Amiata and Radicofani mountains. The origins of the village of San Casciano dei Bagni go back to the Etruscan and Roman Ages, when the first thermal baths were built.

At the foot of Monte Cetona, amidst oak and chestnut forests, there are forty-two springs, with 42 springs, a mean temperature of 42°C, rich in mineral salts, sulphate, calcium, magnesium and fluoride and a daily delivery of 5.5 millions litre.
Apart from the Terme, the most important monuments to see in San Casciano dei Bagni are the Chiesa Basilicale, the Collegiata di San Casciano and the Oratorio di Sant'Antonio.


San Casciano dei Bagni
Villa La Foce   Iris Origo (1902-1988), the Marchesa Origo, was an Anglo-Irish-American writer, who devoted much of her life to the improvement of the Tuscan estate at La Foce, near Montepulciano, that she purchased with her husband in 1924.
The gardens and estate of La Foce constitute one of the most important and best kept early twentieth-century gardens in Italy.
Passionate about the order and symmetry of Florentine gardens, she and her husband employed the English architect and family friend Cecil Pinsent, who had designed the gardens at Villa Medici, to reawaken the natural magic of the property.

Gardens in Tuscany | Villa La Foce


Villa La Foce
Abbadia San Salvatore   Abbadia San Salvatore lies on the edge of extensive chestnut woods covering the eastern side of Monte Amiata and is one of the oldest monasteries in Tuscany. In the mediaeval period, it was an important station on the Via Francigena, the pilgrim route from northern Europe to Rome. The picturesque medieval borgo or village round the monastery has one of the best preserved mediaeval centres of Tuscany. It preserves its outer walls and streets intact, with medieval and Renaissance houses of locai grey stone.

Bagni San Filippo is an enchanting small town, situated in a splendid position between the woods of Monte Amiata and the wonderful countryside of Val D'Orcia.
In this small hamlet huddled around its hot springs, even the eye gets relief from looking at the imposing calcareous formations of the Fosso Bianco, some sort of petrified cascade that, immersed in the forest, will leave you filled with wonder.

Abbadia San Salvatore

Bagni San Filippo   Monte Amiata is endowed with sulfur-rich springs thanks to the volcanic activity.
One of the most beautiful and lesser known hot springs in Tuscany, Bagni San Filippo is located at the foot of Monte Amiata.
Bagni San Filippo is a village within the municipality of Castiglione d'Orcia in the Val d'Orcia. This enchanting corner of Tuscany takes its name from the hermit saint who chose to live his solitary life here at the end of the 13th century, and owes its fame to the beneficial properties of its five hot springs with a temperature of 52°C.
The symbol of Bagni San Filippo is the Balena Bianca (or White Whale), the name of the most suggestive and evocative of the waterfalls here. The Balena Bianca seems but a large mass with a crustacean's mouth, a form that arose from the thermal water's sediments.
Bagno San Filippo was also the location where parts of Alice Rohrwachter’s film Le Meraviglie (2014), starring Monica Bellucci, Alba Rohrwacher and Sam Louwyck, were shot.

San Filippo is only half an hour away from Bagno Vignoni and it has a similar past: the waters of San Filippo were known by Romans, became famous in Middle Ages, treated famous people like Lorenzo il Magnificio and other princes of the Medici family.


Bagni San Filippo


Monica Bellucci in Bagno San Filippo, Le Meraviglie 201
Monica Bellucci in Bagno San Filippo,
Le Meraviglie 2014

Piancastagnaio   Piancastagnaio has a circular form, once had surrounding wall enclosure with alternating square towers and four gates. The walls and the gates have been almost entirely demolished, with the exception of few lines, but in the highest point of the inhabited area rises still today the mighty Fortress Aldobrandesca.
An old miners’ path leads to Abbadia San Salvatore.

La Riserva del Pigelleto | Pigelleto Natural Reserve Piancastagnaio

The Pigelleto Nature Reserve in Piancastagnaio, between Siena and Grosseto, extends over a territory of 862 hectares. There are many excursion paths that run through the Nature Reserve of Pigelleto. Some paths are part of the marked trail n° 16 (Saragiolo - Miniera del Siele - Castell'Azzara) and n° 17 (Pod. La Roccaccia - Castell'Azzara) created by the Town of Monte Amiata.
The Nature Reserve used to host one of the most important quicksilver mines of Monte Amiata, the Siele Mine, today completely abandoned.


Santa Fiora   Santa Fiora, a medieval town at an altitude of 800 metres, is situated at the foot of Monte Amiata, and is regarded as one of the most beautiful natural environments in Italy.

The imposing Palazzo Sforza Cesarini was built in 1575 over the Aldob randeschi Castle, of which two medieval towers can be still seen.
The village has some fine churches. The Pieve delle Sante Flora e Lucilla, reached on Via Carolina from the square, was named after two local saints whose relics were brought here in the eleventh century. A steep lane leads to the Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, which possesses a fine painted wooden image of the Madonna and Child, attributed to Jacopo della Quercia. Down the road you come to gardens and the oratory of Chiesa della Madonna della Neve and then to the village's nicest feature, the Peschiera, a spring-fed lake and 18th-century garden surrounded by woodland and gurgling brooks.

Santa Fiora was chosen as the ideal location for the International Festival Santa Fiora in Musica.


  Castell'Azzara is a splendid and animated town. It sits on the feet of the famous Tuscan mountains, in the southern territory of the Maremma. The ancient village is situated in the northern part of the Area dell'Tufo (Tuff Area) and is one of the most fascinating and interesting locations the Maremma.

Castell'Azzara borders Piancastagnaio, Proceno, Santa Fiora, Semproniano en Sorano.



  Roccalbegna dominates the valley of the river Albegna at the slopes of mount Labbro, south of the Mount Amiata.
The Chiesa Maggiore dei Santi Pietro e Paolo dating back to the XIII century, is in Romanic style and conserves an altar piece considered to be one of the most significant masterpieces of Ambrogio Lorenzetti.

The Castello di Triana, 6 kms from the town of Roccalbegna, sits on a rocky promontory and is enclosed by medieval stone walls
South of Roccalbegna, the centre of Semproniano still maintains this charming medieval feel with its quaint alleyways and picturesque stone houses. Going down towards Saturnia, shortly outside of Semproniano up on a rock along the Albegna river, rises the medieval village of Rocchette di Fazio, dominated by the ruins of the Rocca Aldobrandesca.

The area around Roccalbegna offers some interesting walks among the various nature reserves.





Enlarge Map
La Via Francigena | Da Radicofani a Acquapendente | Road Book (pdf)






    Massa Marittima and the Metalliferous Hills  

Nature reserves and beaches | The Tuscan and Etruscan coast


Radicofani, vista panoramica su Monte Amiata e sulla Val di Chiana



    Anello Amiata Kompass map

The region is served by the Kompass map n.653, (Pienza-Montalcino-Monte Amiata, scale 1:50000)
but several Hiking and cycling maps are available in Podere Santa Pia.