Southern Tuscany: Siena, Pienza, Montalcino
Day trip in Siena, Pienza and Montalcino: 1 hour from Sant'Angelo Country house.
SIENA: a unique city of narrow gothic streets lined with palaces and patrician mansions which converge on the famous Piazza del Campo.
The gothic Cathedral or Duomo is famous for its faÃ§ade, the pavement, pulpit and stalls and the early renaissance art collection.
Festivals & Events: July 2 and August 16 Palio of Siena: A world famous horse race on the Piazza del Campo where the different contrade compete for glory. A unique experience and the most famous of Italian Palios.
Siena is reachable following the old Cassia road passing through olive groves and vineyards (1 hour and 20 minutes by car). An ochre coloured gothic city leaning over a rocky relief. Things to see: piazza del Campo, the “Palio” (traditional horse race), Torre del Mangia, Battistero and Cathedral, Palazzo Chigi-Saracini, the Duomo.
PIENZA: The town stands on the top of a hill which overlooks the splendid Val d'Orcia.
Enea Silvio Piccolomini was born here in 1405 and when he became pope Pius II in 1458 he decided to transform his modest village into the perfect town, an admirable example of the humanistic period, and entrusted the design to Bernardo Rossellino.
MONTALCINO: as the birthplace of Brunello wine, whic someone once defined as the best and most renowned wine in Italy. From the height of its 564 m. the ancient town dominates the surrounding countryside, clinging to the slopes of a hill crowned by the imposing 14th-century fortress.