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Crete Senesi

Crete Senesi is a part of Tuscany situated between the provinces of Arezzo and Siena, extending to the slopes of Mount Amiata. This part of the region is the exact image of the most famous Tuscany that means hills, old villages and farms lying on top of them, avenues of cypresses and colours ranging from ocher to sienna solour.

The Crete are so called because of its nature. In the past these territories were seabed and the sediment of mud and sand gave rise to these hills, once the water withdrew. Then the erosion created creeks, called “calanchi” and hills in the shape of dome called “biancane”.

A harmonious and reassuring landscape, much loved by foreign tourists who are fascinated by such beauty and authenticity. Crete Senesi includes the towns of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d’Arbia, Rapolano Terme, San Giovanni d’Asso, Siena.

Nice to visit is the ancient village of Asciano, of medieval origin. in ancient times dominated by the Etruscans. Its Structure is typical medieval, so it is made up of narrow alleyways and beautiful old buildings. The Basilica of Sant’Agata contains some important works by Sodoma and Signorelli, but also the Church of San Bernardino today housing the Museo Etrusco (Etruscan Museum).

This area is also renowned for good local products such as high quality truffles and an incredible variety of DOC wines like the famous Brunello di Montalcino. Even the wonderful Tuscan cheese produced here, and some varieties of honey are really special.

The area of the Crete Senesi is well known for the variety and quality of its farmhouses. There are many of them scattered in the territory, each of them with its peculiarities and uniqueness. In this area there is the true essence of Tuscan farmhouses with genuine hospitality and many typical products of the territory.

Certainly in the centres and the villages it is possible to find many hotels and many of them are the result of skilful renovations of old buildings or even of whole villages. A large number of Bed & Breakfast offering really good services is also available. They are mainly equipped with all modern amenities, including swimmming pools immersed in the green.

Some facilities offer treatments for a perfect relaxation and to find a perfect physical and mental balance.

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