Alberese | Parco Naturale delle Maremma



Colline Metallifere

la costa Toscana

         Walking along the Tuscan coast

Crete Senesi

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

         Walking in the Crete Senesi



Montagnola Senese

         Walking in the Montagnola senese


Monte Amiata





          Fonti di Siena



Val d'Elsa

          San Gimignano

Val d'orcia




          San Quirico d'Orcia


          Walking in the Val d'Orcia

Val di Chiana



Valle d'Ombrone








Le Crete Senesi

The arid landscape of the Crete Senesi near Asciano

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The arid landscape of the Crete Senesi near Asciano [1]

Toacana ] Galleria di immagini  

Crete Senesi | Anello Asciano, an evocative itinerary with spectacular views in the arid hills of the Crete Senesi


Podere Santa Pia is a beautiful stone farmhouse only 2 km away from Castiglioncello Bandini.This former small cloister combines contemporary charm and vintage flavor and offers its guests a breathtaking view over the Maremma hills. As one drives down to the property you can’t help feeling a sense of anticipation: turning into a gloriously open space surrounded by trees and ultimately this almost perfect holiday home, it is difficult not to be overwhelmed by the setting and the stunning, far reaching views.
Podere Santa Pia is surrounded by a backdrop of hills and Mediterranean macchia: wild, untamed and completely natural vegetation, wonderful for walking and exploring.

We selected the best walking trails in southern Tuscany, hikes of varying lengths and difficulties. On this page, we focus on the Crete Senesi and Asciano. Explore the winding cypress roads and architectural wonders around Montalcino, Trequada, Montisi, and Asciano, and immerse yourself in the rhythms of la dolce vita on an unforgettable journey through the Crete Senesi. A visit to the stunning abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is a must.
Here you can have a good impression of the badlands of the Crete Senesi. The Accona Desert is an arid area in the surroundings of Chiusure and the Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey.

In summer months, the Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi music Festival organises authentic concerts in Asciano, Castelmuzio and Sant'Anna in Camprena.

Anello Asciano


This is an itinerary in the great scenery of Asciano and the Crete Senesi, in a picture-perfect setting, just about 70 km north of Podere Santa Pia. This itinerary starts and ends in Asciano.
Park your car on Via del Fiume, behind the Sant'Agata church.

The Crete Senesi, the Badlands of Tuscany

The Crete Senesi consists of a range of hills and woods among villages and includes the comuni of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d'Arbia, Rapolano Terme and San Giovanni d'Asso, all within the province of Siena.
The magnificent hills of the Crete Senesi offer endless views with evocative and suggestive landscapes. Typical conformations of the land are the badlands, the calanchi and biancane that give the landscape its characteristic gray color and a sometimes lunar appearance.



Mappa Asciano circular walk



This evocative itinerary offers spectacular views of the clay hills with colors and light changing from hour to hour, and from season to season.
The itinerary starts in Asciano, on the Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, in front of the beautiful church of Sant'Agata.
We cross Ascciano, following the Corso Giacomo Matteotti or the Via Goffredo Mameli, that leads us to the Piazza Garibaldi. Further on your right, in Via Fiume is Museo Amos Cassioli, displaying some portraits by Cassioli, who lived here from 1832 to 1891, and other modern works by local artists. Of more interest is the Casa del Mosaico Romano in Via del Canto.
At the Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 108 we find the Ex Convento Agostiniano and in the adjacent Vicolo San Agostino, we can visit the Chiesa di Sant'Agostino. Undiscussed highlight of this exploration of Asciano is the Corboli Palace, housing the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Sacred Art (Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 122).
We leave Asciano through the Vicolo San Agostino, hidden between Palazzo Corboli and the Sant'Agostino Church. We walk down, until we reach the Chiesa della Madonna del Giardino a Camparboli where we turn right.

The Asciano-Monte Antico railway is always nearby as we pass Podere Gano and halfway our trail Podere Poggio Greppoli. This is an old railway line closed to traffic more than 20 years ago and recently reopened as a tourist railway, the Nature Train. At a certain point we have an exellent view over the viaduct near Asciano.

Before returning to Asciano we walk around Poggio del Leccio (WP 7, 262 m).

Download gpx tracks

Lenghth: 10,63 km | 2 hours
Total climb 152 m
Total descent 149 m


Breathtaking views, a few good restaurants, beautiful buildings and a music festival, Asciano has a lot to offer.

Museo Civico Archeologico e d'Arte Sacra Palazzo Corboli

Corso Matteotti, 122

Sito ufficiale, su

Musei senesi, galleria


Rofeno Abbey Poliptych by Ambrogio Lorenzetti

Museo | More info at museum site

Tryptich at Google Art | sAGysy5zysRGtQ at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level

Palazzo Corboli Civic Archeological and Sacred Art Museum (Details of room on Google Art Project)

Accademia delle Crete Senesi

Via Moglio, 15
I 53040 Montalcino (Si)
Tel & fax +39 0577 84 52 32
GSM +39 335 37 43 26

Crete Senesi | Music festival Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi

Music festival Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi | Program

Bar Herve' (Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1) is the informal center of the festival.
Watch the map of all te locations of the Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi festival.



Galleria immagini Crete Senesi

Galleria d'immagini

Collegiata di Sant'Agata Asciano   Cretesenesi panorama   Casa colonica Val d'Orcia Cassia.jpg

Crete Senesi (laghi tra Castello Leonina e Vescona, Crete Senesi, Asciano)


  Paesaggio tra le Crete senesi e la Val d'Orcia
Crete Senesi presso Asciano   Crete Senesi Biancane   Crete Senesi Calanchi

Crete Senesi presso Asciano


  Deserto di Accona   Biancane nelle Crete Senesi vicino a Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Paolo Monti - Servizio fotografico (Asciano, 1965) - BEIC 6328809   Crete Senesi Monte Oliveto  

Album Monastero di Monte Oliveto Maggiore



Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore


  Chiostro grande del monastero di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Similar itineraries in the Crete senesi

Circular walk Montisi - Montelifrè
 | 10 km - 2 hours

Short but very suggestive trail around Montiosi and the ruins of Montelifrè castle.


Trekking in Tuscany | The Crete Senesi

Siena - Ponte d'Arbia - Buonconvento | Via Francigena | 26 km - 5 km

Buonconvento - San-Quirico-d'Orcia | Via Francigena | 17 km

Buonconvento - Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore | 11.60 km | gpx

From Montalcino to Buonconvento | 16 km | 3 hours circa

Montalcino - Buonconvento - Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore | 27 km | 5,5 hours circa


Holiday houses in Tuscany

Casa Vacanze Podere Santa Pia is a beautiful stone farmhouse located in a strategic position, on a hill overlooking both the Val d'Orcia and the Valle d’Ombrone. A winding scenic road, just outside the village of Castiglioncello Bandini, is leading to this former cloister, hidden in a seduced valley.
Podere Santa Pia is surrounded by a backdrop of hills and macchia mediterranea: wild, untamed and completely natural vegetation, wonderful for walking and exploring on a variety of different terrain with fantastic views everywhere you turn. There is a glorious walk through the woodland to one of the most spectacular views in Tuscany overlooking the Valle d’ombrone, the Val d’Orcia and some vineyards south of Montalcino.

Traveling in Tuscany| Holiday homes in southern Tuscany | Podere Santa Pia





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[1] Photo by Sailko, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

The Crete senesi | Main sights