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San Casciano dei Bagni, a five-minute drive, is one of the area¹s most beautiful hill towns. It is an elegant village that is a mecca for artists and writers who flock to its quiet environs. It has been acclaimed as one of the "Borghi più belli d'Italia", one of the loveliest villages in Italy.


Nearby flow some 40 thermal springs fueled by Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano and southern Tuscany¹s highest mountain. The area is famous for its lovely therapeutic spas and the villages built around them. San Casciano dei Bagni¹s Fonte Verde is rated one of the top spas in Europe.

The entire area is a treasure trove of hill towns, art, and history. Wine and food range from the simple to sublime. Walking trails abound. The region is dotted with Etruscan sites for history buffs. There are excellent roads for biking and trails for horseback riding. There is a wonderful public swimming pool in Sarteano, 20 minutes away.

 

Year round, the nearby villages hold festivals that include music, food, and medieval pageantry. (Celle sul Rigo holds an annual Sagra dei Pici, celebrating the local hand made pasta). For specific events, it is best to contact the local tourism office of the locality you will be visiting.
Here is a good link to some of the many Tuscan fairs and festivals:



The towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano have become famous because of their outstanding red wines: Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano respectively. So wine tasting is a fun way to spend an afternoon there. Don¹t forget to designate a driver!

For terracotta lovers, Petroio's factories are a treat.

The garden at La Foce, located near Chianciano Terme is a wonder and the story of its American creator, Iris Irigo, is an inspiration.

Pienza¹s Palazzo Piccolomini also has a gem of a garden, set in its courtyard. The Palazzo is just one of the town¹s many architectural treasures.

Orvieto¹s magnificent duomo, (one of Italy¹s greatest cathedrals) is fabulous. Orvieto also has some fun shopping and one of Italy¹s best white wines, Orvieto Classico. Also you can take an underground tour to visit the city under the city, with its caves, recesses and an amazing ancient well.

Volterra has a fine museum of Etruscan treasures, the Museo Guarnacci, and some great medieval architecture, as well as alabaster workshops.

Last but not least, Tuscany offers one of the most unspoiled coastlines in Italy, a 2 hour drive from La Ginestra.