The pleasure to discover

Montefollonico is a typical Tuscan hill-top town which enjoys a stunning view on Montepulciano, Monticchiello and Pienza. Montefollonico was a Medieval hamlet which marked out the Siennese Republic border. Cut off from the big arterial streets it has kept intact his structure and its timeless atmosphere after centuries. Today, the landscape all around Montefollonico is the same painted on the canvases during the Tuscan Renaissance age. Montefollonico, therefore, not only is the perfect place to start a visit in one of the most beautiful land all over the world, but it is also the right base for a dive into the past to rediscover the lost time.

Pienza (12 minutes drive)
Pienza is a Renaissance gem which faces the Val d’Orcia. In 1996 it was declared a UNESCO Human Heritage site. It was completely restored by the Pope Pius II and it has a beautiful Cathedral which has a mix of styles: Gothic-French, German and Italian Renaissance. Pienza is surely the ideal place for a short journey between culture and gastronomy. It is also very famous for the Pecorino cheese which is one of the best of Italy.

San Quirico (20 minutes drive)
This place worth absolutely a visit. The town itself and the surroundings offer suggestive and unexpected surprises and it is, without any doubt , one of the Val d’Orcia most charming place, rich of history, monuments and breathtaking atmosphere. It still has a selected tourism and a pleasant friendliness and simplicity which finds its way into everybody’s heart.

Montepulciano (20 minuti)
Montepulciano is the right place for a walk through the culture, history and gastronomy. Its historical buildings, old tasteful cellars, Medieval Churches, Renaissance architecture and of course the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, makes it one of the most suggestive place of the area. Outside the town wall, just at the feet of Montepulciano, set between vineyards and cypresses lies the marvelous Tempio della Madonna di San Biagio, an incredible architectural masterpiece made by Sangallo il Vecchio.

Montalcino (35 minutes drive)
Montalcino is well known for its endless vineyards and the production of the famous Brunello wine. It is located at the end of the Val d’Orcia and has a beautiful Medieval Castle where, every summer, there is an archery competition with period costumes. It enjoys a beautiful view on the Ombrone valley. Its famous wine is by now booked 5 years in advance, at the harvest time.

Siena (50 minutes drive)
Siena’s thriving historic center, with redbrick lanes cascading every which way, offers Italy’s best medieval city experience. Most people do Siena as a day trip, but it’s best experienced at twilight. While Florence has the blockbuster museums, Siena has an easy-to-enjoy soul: courtyards sport flower-decked wells, alleys dead-end at rooftop views, and the sky is a rich blue dome. For those who dream of a Fiat-free Italy, pedestrian rule in the old center of Siena. Wander narrow streets lined with colorful flag and iron rings to tether horses. Sit at a café on the main square and enjoy the view of the buildings bricks changing color every ten minutes when sunset.

Perugia (50 minutes drive)
Perugia is a place of some style, at least in its old center, and a city proud of its attractions, its universities and its sights. A drink on the Corso Vannucci , its great central street, reveals a buzz you won’t find elsewhere in the region, a sense of dynamism embodied by the cosmopolitan Università Italiana per Stranieri, the country’s largest language school. This same dynamism remains evident in the city’s above-average number of films, concerts and miscellaneous cultural events and is highlighted further at Umbria Jazz (held in July), Italy’s foremost jazz festival, whose stars have included Miles Davies, Stan Getz, Wynton Maralis and Gil Evans. In terms of sights, Perugia’s interest –for all that it is an Etruscan town- is essentially medieval. Idiosyncratic one-offs give plenty of reason for wandering the city’s streets. The best being Agostino di Duccio’s facade for the Oratorio di San Bernardino and the gothic sculpture of San Domenico, Umbria’s largest church. And do not forget Collegio del Cambio, painted by Perugino.

Cortona (40 minutes drive away)
Cortona blankets a 1,700-foot hill surrounded by dramatic Tuscan and Umbrian views. Frances Mayes’ book, such as “Under the Tuscan sun”, placed this town in the touristic limelight but long before Mayes ever published a book , Cortona was very popular and considered one of the classic Tuscan hill towns. The city began as one of the largest Etruscan settlements, the remains of which can be seen at the base of the city walls, as well as in the nearby tombs. Art-lovers know Cortona as the home of Renaissance painter Luca Signorelli, Baroque master Pietro da Cortona (Berretini), and the 20th-century Futurist artist Gino Severini. The town’s museums and churches reveal many of the works of these native sons.