Albarese | Parco Naturale delle Maremma


Colline Metallifere

la costa Toscana

Crete Senesi

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore




Montagnola Senese

         Walking in the Montagnola senese


Monte Amiata

         Walking on Monte Amiata





          Fonti di Siena

Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala



Val d'Elsa


          San Gimignano

          Colle di Val d'Elsa

Val de Merse

          Abbazia di San Galgano

Val d'orcia




          San Quirico d'Orcia


          Walking in the Val d'Orcia

Val di Chiana



Valle d'Ombrone








Le Crete Senesi

Panorama di Montisi da via degli Ortali

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Panorama of Montisi, seen from Via degli Ortali1]

Toacana ] Galleria di immagini  

Trekking in the Crete senesi | Percorso di trekking Trequanda | Anello Montisi - Montelifrè


Podere Santa Pia is a beautiful stone farmhouse in southern Tuscany. Located on the outskirts of Castiglioncello Bandini, in a hilly and unspoilt land, Podere Santa Pia is one of the best places to slow traveling in Tuscany. This formal cloister offers the quiet tranquility of a private retreat, with numerous attractions and beautiful nature reserves within easy reach. The most interesting artistic, historical and cultural sites of southern Tuscany are nearby, and are awaiting your discovery.

Biancane or badlands in the Crete Senesi

Just across the border of the Val d’Orcia, but still within the spectacular panoramic scenery of this World Heritage site, is the circular walk from Montisi to Montelifrè, an itinerary in the great scenery of the Crete Senesi, just about 70 km north of Podere Santa Pia. This is a veryshort but very suggestive itinerary. In addition to the visit of Montisi, a town with a beautiful historic center, and the ruined Castle of Monelifrè, the trail offers panoramic views of the Crete Senesi. The departure and the arrival are foreseen in in Montisi, where it is possible to park and shelter from the sun.

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.

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Lenghth: 9,59 km, about 2 hours
Total climb 532 m
Total descent 532 m

This itinerary starts and ends in Montisi.



Mappa Anello Montisi - Monteliffrè | Enlarge map


This evocative itinerary covers the hills of the Crete Senesi in the Municipality of Montalcino (until 2016 San Giovanni d'Asso was an independent comune) and offers spectacular views of the clay hills with colors and light changing from hour to hour, and from season to season.


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Castello Montelifrè, entrance lane [1]


Galleria fotografica Montelifrè e Montalcino


Ruins of Montelifrč   Montelifrè al tramonto visto dalla strada per Montisi   Montelifrè al tramonto
Ruins of Montelifrè   Montelifrè  

Veduta al tramonto di Montelifrè, in provincia di Siena, dalla strada per Montisi


Galleria immagini Crete Senesi

Galleria d'immagini Crete Senesi

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

De badlands van Toscane | Calanchi e biancane | Un tesoro della natura

Het unieke landschap van de Crete Senesi`

Crete Senesi | Biancane nelle Crete Senesi


Trekking in Toscana | The Crete Senesi

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

Buonconvento - Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore | 11.60 km

Anello Chiusure - Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Asciano | 5,64 km

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

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

Corsano - Ponte d'Arbia | 19 km

From Montalcino to Buonconvento | 16 km | 3 hours circa

Trekking in Trequanda | Anello Trequanda – Petroio – Montisi – Montelifré  | 18 km - 3h 39m


Vakantiehuizen in Toscane

Podere Santa Pia is a beautiful stone farmhouse only 2 km away from Castiglioncello Bandini. The main house is spacious, comfortable and well furnished and offers its guests a breathtaking view over the Maremma hills. 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.
Montisi and the Crete Senesi are located north of Podere Santa Pia. The suggestive road to Montisi goes along the abbey Sant'Antimo, Montalcino and Sant'Anna in Camprena.

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





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[1] Photo by Pufui Pc Pifpef I, released in the Public Domain, Collegamento


Montisi, map