Villa Senaia - In the heart of Tuscany
In stunning Tuscany, along its endless artistic heritage and countryside, where stretches of silvery olive trees stare after vineyards and cypress trees, lies…
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The sanctuary of the Madonna of Bagno Just a few steps away from Villa Senaia you can find a Sanctuary dedicated to the Holy Mary, dating back to 1200s. The legend narrates of an appearance of the Virgin to two shepherdesses and a gushing miracoulous spring that healed ill people throughout the 1500s. These events led to a deeply-rooted devotion of the Castiglionese people and to continuous improvement of the building till 1877.
Nel cuore della Terra di Siena c’è un paesaggio perfetto, essenziale. Lo compongono le colline, i calanchi, il corso sinuoso del fiume, i cipressi che coronano isolati le alture o che seguono, in ordinati filari, l’andamento delle strade, questa è la Val d’Orcia con i suoi bellissimi borghi medievali. Few kilometres away from the Villa you can pick a choice of Tuscany's world famous landscapes and Tuscan medieval towns like: Castiglione d’Orcia, San Quirico d’Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza.
Sansepolcro's town center interweaves with central Italy events throughout the centuries for its crossroads position.The town grew in a dynamic goods exchange area eased by river Tevere proximity. Palio della Balestra is a challenge between the crossbowmen of Sansepolcro and Gubbio, the most feared crossbowmen during conflicts.The same painter Piero della Francesca was enlisted as croosbowmen in the town defense.The town museum also display DellaRobbia, Pontormo and Caraveggio(temporary) works.
Villa Senaia - Welcome in Tuscany
"Il gran freddo di Gennaio, il maltempo di Febbraio." Literally translates to "Great cold in January, bad weather in February". The second month of the year was consacrated by Romans to Febris, goddess healing from malaria, therefore during the whole period there would be purification rituals representing the reawaken of nature from the long winter. In Val di Chiana this rituals were deeply rooted as agricultural traditions since Etruscan time; Catholic Church Saints gradually stood in for them.
Villa Senaia - Welcome in Tuscany
La campagna Aretina. The Tuscan territory is a sequence of really various landscapes, gently declining from mountains to the shoreline. Arezzo countryside is manly flat and marked out by typical squared household 'Casa Leopoldina' with the distinctive arches and a dovecote as top floor. Built using the available materials, i.e stone,wood and bricks they still stand today in middle of vast fields cultivated using seasonal crops alternation and fallow.
We find Norcia situated in the most eastern point of Umbria region, at about 90 km from Perugia. Small umbrian municipality between Marche and Lazio, surrounded by Appenino Umbro-Marchigiano's 2000 metres peaks and Parco dei Monti Sibillini's vast uplands, with its lush woodlands of oaks and beech tree populated by bucks, peregrine falcons, golden eagles and appenninic wolves is one of the most uncontaminated area of central Italy.
Civita di Bagnoregio
It is known as the "dying town", but the epithet should not discourage visitors: Civita di Bagnoregio, near Viterbo, is counted among the most beautiful villages in Italy and it is a jewel perched on a rock of tufa thinned by erosion of relentless rain, wind and two streams flowing in the valleys below. The center overlooks a wide valley between the hills and seems suspended in the air, in an atmosphere of total isolation with the surrounding area. Unique and fascinating, Civita di Bagnoregio i
Piazza del Duomo (Piazza dei Miracoli)
Pisa's Piazza del Duomo, also known as Piazza dei Miracoli (Piazza of Miracles) is located north of the Arno river along a no longer existing tributary, the Auser. Unlike the paved piazza's typical of Italy, the Piazza del Duomo is an expansive green grassy field dominated by three monumental works of architecture in luminous dressed stone and white marble. They are the renown cathedral, baptistery, and campanile. While these three functions had been merged in to one church in northern Europe, t
Orvieto rises on a natural tableland at the summit of a 150-metre-high tufa cliff emerging, much like an island, from the surrounding plains. The city's distinctive feature comes from the particular relationship between this sheer cliff and the fabric of the city dominated by its imposing cathedral. Oriveto is of Etruscan origin with the more ancient traces dating back to 9th century BC; the necropolis and other findings indicate however, that the Etruscan settlement reached its peak developmen
Laying on the slopes of Monte Ingino, Gubbio is one of the most ancient towns of Umbria, extremely well preserved during centuries and rich of monuments testifying its glorious past. Two important witnesses of the past are the Tavole Eugubine, one of most important documents referring to the ancient people called Italici and the Roman Theatre just outside the walls of the town. Dominated from the top by the Basilica on which the rests of St. Ubaldo are buried, Gubbio keeps architectonic masterp
Assisi, a medieval city built on a hill, is the birthplace of Saint Francis, closely associated with the work of the Franciscan Order. Its medieval art masterpieces, such as the Basilica of San Francesco and paintings by Cimabue, Pietro Lorenzetti, Simone Martini and Giotto, have made Assisi a fundamental reference point for the development of Italian and European art and architecture. Assisi represents a unique example of continuity of a city-sanctuary within its environmental setting from its
The Castle of the Counts of the Guidi family is one of Tuscany’s most significant works of mediaeval architecture and tourist attractions. The Castle stands in a dominant position atop the little mediaeval town of Poppi, in the province of Arezzo, which is included in the list of “The most beautiful villages in Italy”. Poppi lies in the heart of the Casentino, a valley famous for nature (National Park of the Casentino Forests), art and history (Holy Hermitage and Monastery of Camaldoli, Verna S
The city of Montepulciano has a past tied in part to two important regional cross roads (From Chiusi to Arezzo running south to north, and from the Valdorcia to the Valdichiana and to Trasimeno running east to west) and its strategic position at the border of the area of influence of various powerful, medieval based cities (Orvieto, Perugia, Siena, Florence). This happened in the first centuries of the second millennium when its riches and power were considerably developed, to the point of the c
Siena, an outstanding medieval city that has preserved its character and quality to a remarkable degree, and its influence on art, architecture and town planning in the Middle Ages, both in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, was great. The historic centre developed along the Y-shaped segments defined by the three main arteries that meet at the Croce del Travaglio, represented by the Piazza del Campo, and on to which the network of minor roads are grafted. Houses and palaces follow one another in ro
La Verna Santuario
La Verna Sanctuary is perched in an amazing setting in the forest on a high rocky promontory, visible from a distance. The sanctuary sits on the site where it's believed that Saint Francis received the stigmata. It's now a monastic complex that includes the monastary, church, museum, chapels, and the cave that was his cell as well as tourist facilities including a souvenir shop and refreshment bar. From the sanctuary there are fantastic views of the valleys below. Santa Maria degli Angelli, a
Arezzo - is set in the south-east of Tuscany, in the middle of four valleys which radiate off from the town: the Val Tiberina , Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana. The artistic city itinerary incudes highly interesting elements with extremely original characteristics, the Antique Furniture Exhibition that takes place the first week end of every month. Apart from Valtiberina with its works of art, pastures and woodland, the area also offers splendid landscapes where you can find famous monasti
Perched at 500 metres above sea level, Cortona dominates the entire Valdichiana, with a view that stretches as far as Monte Amiata. The town is entirely surrounded by fortifications, that constitute an interesting archaeological element as well as one of its most beautiful aspects. Most of the buildings and streets within the city date from Medieval times – the Basilica of Santa Margherita and the Celle Franciscan sanctuary placed above the city make it natural for any tourist to conduct their