AROUND

Abbey OF San Galgano

San Galgano, a magical place that includes two points of attraction: the large Abbey with a huge church without a roof, an evocative example of Cistercian Gothic architecture and the hermitage of Monte Siepi where, according to legend, San Galgano retired to a hermit’s life in 1170. As a symbol of peace he stuck his sword inside the rock, where it is still today inside the chapel built around 1180 with a very original structure: the plan is circular with a bell gable. Inside, the concentric bands of terracotta and travertine form a lively dichromy that characterizes the unusual structure of the vault.

CHIUSDINO

Chiusdino is a wonderful medieval village located in the Merse Valley among the Metalliferous hills. Its origin is located during the Lombard domination in Tuscany between 568 and 569.
The town still retains its medieval appearance, it is possible to find medieval houses including the presumed house of San Galgano where it is believed that the saint was born around 1150.
Among the religious buildings of the town we find the Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo, near the house of San Galgano, the church of San Martino, called “outside the walls”, and the Church of the Compagnia di San Galgano where it is possible to admire the bas-relief depicting San Galgano sticking his sword into the stone.
The town is lively and full of stories, told through the museum dedicated to San Galgano and its walls.

SIENA

Siena city of art, cultured city, city of good food, city of the Palio, is just over 30 km away.
The city divided into 17 districts, of these only ten participate in the Palio race with a horse that is assigned to them by extraction. The Palio, which consists of walking around the Piazza del Campo three times, takes place on 2 July in honor of the Madonna di Provenzano and on 16 August in honor of the Madonna Assunta.
Siena stands out for its medieval brick buildings. Piazza del Campo, the central square with a characteristic fan shape, is home to the Palazzo Pubblico (the Gothic-style town hall) and the Torre del Mangia, a slender 14th century tower from whose white battlements you can enjoy a wonderful view.

SAN GIMIGNANO

Just 50 km away we find San Gimignano, the cradle of medieval architecture with its 14 towers.

One of the most important is certainly the Devil’s tower is located on the northern side of Piazza della Cisterna, according to legend, the owner of the tower would have ascertained the elevation of the tower: the work would have been considered an artifice of the Devil.

SEA

Just 40 km away it is possible to admire the Gulf of Follonica, one of the most famous destinations in Tuscany, located north of the Maremma; from here it is then possible to reach the Etruscan coast with Populonia and Baratti, where history blends with nature. To the south, famous locations such as Castiglione della Pescaia and the Maremma natural park.

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