Places to see

Arezzo

arezzo

Arezzo is one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany. Located in southeastern Tuscany, it sits a top a hill at the crossroads of four valleys: Val Tiberina, Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana.

Its ancient origins are verified by the stone tools and the so-called Man of the Elm discovered here and found to date back to the Paleolithic era. TheEtruscan Arretium was founded around 9th century B.C., and quickly became one of the most important cities in Tuscany, playing an important role over the centuries due to its strategic position along the Via Cassia.

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Cortona

cortona

Cortona is a small charming town in the Valdichiana, or Chiana Valley, in the province of Arezzo in southern Tuscany. 

The city, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, sits on the top of a hill about 600 meters (about 1968 feet) above sea level. This dominant position over the valley offers a spectacular view from all over the town of the surrounding valley and even Lake Trasimeno.

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Orcia Valley

Val-dOrcia

Medieval castles, sunny rolling hills, isolated hilltop towns, charming farmhouses and isolated rural homes, avenues of cypresses, rows of vineyards, olive groves, and golden wheat fields are just some of the elements of the fantastic and harmonious landscapes of Valdorcia!

Crossed by the Orcia river, from which the valley derives its name, this wonderful region in southern Tuscany stretches alongthe provinces of Siena and Grosseto. The area is now protected as a natural and cultural park, and it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2004. Beautiful nature is the actual absolute protagonist in Valdorcia, with many different colors according to the season.

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Siena

siena

Siena is a lovely medieval town, with the Piazza del Campo as its heart. We’ve visited Siena many times, each time discovering different streets and sections of the historical center, trying out new places to eat at.

What are the main things to see in Siena? The Piazza del Campo is at the very top of the list, but then you have many other choices as well! How about going into the Palazzo Pubblico, the red brick city hall that overlooks the Campo and visiting the Civic Museum? It holds a lot of treasures, including some of the most interesting, thought provoking frescoes on the role of government. How about climbing up the Torre del Mangia and looking down on all of Siena?

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I live in Chiana Valley

Activities

There are many activities and plenty of places which can be visited in the area. In the surroundings in fact, in the Valdichiana Valley between Siena and Arezzo, there are unique panoramas of rare beauty and ancient culture. Cities like Pienza, Arezzo, Cortona and Lucignano are within easy reach by car, allowing visitors to visit different places every day. We’ll be more than happy to give advice and provide information to make your stay unforgettable. Tuscany, with its spectacular hill towns and scenery, is one of Italy’s top vacation destinations. Tuscany’s travel attractions include historic cities and art, great wine and food, medieval hill towns, beaches, and beautiful countryside. Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art and medieval history, others to explore the extraordinary countryside and its rolling hills. Food lovers visit Tuscany to enjoy the wonderful cuisine and famous wines. Summer vacationers the beautiful beaches and islands. Students come to learn the Italian language and culture. Whatever the reason, the best places to visit in Tuscany offer something for everyone.

The Chianti region, for expample, includes Florence and Siena and all the area between, but it also includes the area to the west through Val d’Elsa and to the east through Valdarno. Within Chianti, travelers can drive past vineyards, charming parishes and country homes, olive groves, and rolling green hills. In addition to the adorable villages and breathtaking countryside, Chianti also offers wine tasting to die for.

Val d’Orcia is a picturesque region that includes several amazing villages, castles, hamlets, and farmhouses. The entire area is protected as a natural park.

Montepulciano, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it.