(Maximum 3 hours duration)
An itinerary to discover the history of Siena and Tuscany starting from one of its most characteristic villages: in our guided tour you will discover how the “fair ascianesi ” have been one the most faithful allies of Siena in the Middle Ages, from the battle of Montaperti to the Portuguese’s wool trade.
We will visit the Collegiata di Santa Agata and Palazzo del Podestà, the churches of San Francesco and Sant’Agostino. We will stopl in Piazza del Grano to admire the travertine fountain by Antonio Ghini.
Through the ancient remains of a huge mosaic we will rediscover the Roman past of the city and we will end the visit with a walk in Corso Matteotti where we will taste some of the typical local products such as Giardi’s Gingerbread (Panpepato) and the Vinpepato.
Asciano, Cassioli Museum and Palazzo Corboli (maximum duration 3 + 3)
The Cassioli Museum is the only museum of the province entirely dedicated to the 19th century’s Sienese painting. Palazzo Corboli is a thirteenth-century residence trasformed to host the Civic Archaeological Museum and the Arte Sacra Museum and, among his numerous masterpieces, it includes a wooden Crucifix by Giovanni Pisano, a Madonna with the Child by Segna di Bonaventura, the extraordinary triptych by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and many other works to be discovered.
Asciano, San Giovanni d’Asso and Truffle’s Museum (maximum duration 3 + 3)
You could combine a tour of Asciano with an historical and gastronomical tour to the nearby San Giovanni d’Asso. Together we will discover the wonders of this quaint village around the homonym castle: from the Pieve di San Giovanni Battista to the church of San Pietro Villore, from the elegant castle to the Church of Mercy.
After visiting the village and once discovered its wonders, we will taste the most famous local product: truffles, to which San Giovanni d’Asso has dedicated the first Truffle’s Museum* of Italy.
* The entrance to the Truffle Museum is not included in the price of the visit.
(Maximum 6 hours)
A visit to discover one of the most important monasteries in Tuscany, famous all over the world for its charm and the priceless masterpieces that it keeps.
In our itinerary we will discover all the secrets of the monastery beginning with the splendid Abbey – Church of the Nativity of Mary of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. The church offers a harmonious contrast between the architectural style of the Gothic facade and the interior in late Baroque style.
The Chiostro Grande preserves the wonderful Renaissance frescoes by Signorelli and Sodoma which picture the life of San Benedetto. In the course of the itinerary we will explore other areas of the monastery: the majestic monastic library, the pharmacy and the Chapter House. Our tour will end in the Olivetani monks’ shop, which still produces delicious aromatic-herbal liqueurs, according to the rule “Ora et Labora”.
The tour continues to Buonconvento, a small town still enclosed within its medieval walls and reknown for its Art Nouveau decor, totally unusual in the Tuscan landscape. Its historical center, perfectly preserved, will leave a lasting memory in the hearts of all the visitors. Among the places to visit the Sharecropping Museum and the Arte Sacra Museum of Val d’Arbia.
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This does not include entrance fees for museums, wine tastings or others that is not specified in the tour description.
All tours may be subjected to route changes due to environmental and logistical factors. Timing and tour combinations, will be decided on the spot, along with the tour guide assigned to you.