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Capalbio


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la costa Toscana

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Grosseto

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Val d'orcia

          Montalcino

          Pienza

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          San Quirico d'Orcia

          Radicofani

          Walking in the Val d'Orcia

 

Valle d'Ombrone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 
Walking in Tuscany

Walking towards the Chiesa del Triana.
Montefollonico is a lovely hill town offering a romantic backdrop for exploring its narrow streets and intriguing surroundings

 

Toacana ] Galleria di immagini  
     
   
Walking in Tuscany | Circular walk in and around Montefollonico and Il Tondo | Anello Montefollonico
   
   

Just across the border of the Val d’Orcia, but still within the spectacular panoramic scenery of this World Heritage site, lies the medieval village of o Montefollonico. From here you can walk through the overwhelming scenery of the Val d'Orcia towards Montepulciano, but a shorter alternative is this circular walk around the village, passing by the beautiful ruins of Monastery Santa Maria and the magical place of Il Tondo with great views on Montepulciano and the Val di Chiana. From here we return to our fortified quiet village Montefollonico.

We start our itinerary at Bar Sport on Via Pianelli, a good spot for a coffee, a snack or a refreshing drink. Here the locals watch tourists passing by. A lunch in one of the two excellent restaurants (Ristorante La Chiusa and Osteria La Botte Piena) in Montefollonica is to be considered.

 

Podere Santa Pia is an exquisite holiday home in southern Tuscany, writing about Tuscany

 

   
   
 

Circular walk Montepulciano - Montefollonico - Il Tondo

 

In front of Bar Sport, you can enter the historical medieval center of Montefollonico through Porta del Pianello (also called Porta Nuova) but we will explore the narrow streets and beautifully kept houses at the end of this itinerary.

We turn right on Via del Pianello and walk towards the Chiesa del Triano‎, with its bell tower in brick. The church is partly built in stone, partly in brick. The bell tower is topped by columns supporting a domed roof.


Montefollonico, Porta del Triano   Chiesa del Triano, Montefollonico   Campanile Chiesa del Triano, Montefollonico
Montefollonico, Porta del Triano  

Chiesa del Triano, Montefollonico

 

 

Campanile Chiesa del Triano, Montefollonico

 

Behind the church a path leads us downhill. Arriving at Strada dei Colli, we turn left (0,6 km).
We pass by the beautiful ruins of the Monastery of Santa Maria (1170) ( (1,9 km) and the hiddden secret of Montefollonico, the unique garden of Il Tondo (4,1 km). A magical spot with great panoramic views of Montepulciano and the Val di Chiana.

[You can discover the Il Tondo and walk around the hill in several loops. For this extended itinerary download Montepulciano-Montefollonico (Il Tondo).gpx]

From Il Tondo walk down following Via dei Frati towards Montefollonico (you walk around Residence Sangismondo), then left on Via dei Frati and again left on Via dei Giglio. On Via dei Pianelli you can enter the old center of Montefollonico climbing the stairs in front of you, or walk towards Bar Sport (right) where we started our walk.


Approximate distance: 6 km
Time: 1 hour


Total climb 199 m | Total descent 199 m




 
   

Galleria fotografica Montefollonico


Galleria fotografica Montefollonico




   
Montefollonico, Porta Del Triano   Montefollonico, San Leonardo, fasciata   Montefollonico, Oratorio di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria

Montefollonico, Porta Del Triano

 

  Montefollonico, San Leonardo, fasciata   Montefollonico, Oratorio di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria

 


Galleria fotografica Montefollonico | Ruderi del monastero di Santa Maria

 

 
Monastero Santa Maria sud-est   Monastero Santa Maria torre   Monastero Santa Maria vista

 Ruderi del monastero di Santa Maria, Montefollonico. Vista da sud-est

 

  Basamento della torre campanaria   Ruderi del monastero di Santa Maria (Montefollonico, Torrita di Siena)
Monastero Santa Maria interno   Monastero Santa Maria pilastro   Parco Il Tondo Montefollonico

Ruderi del monastero di Santa Maria, Montefollonico. Particolare del portale che si apre sul muro perimetrale (visto dall'interno).

 

   Particolare della cornice di uno dei pilastri quadrilateri delle archeggiature di valico.  

Parco Il Tondo Montefollonico

 

Immerse yourself into the rhythms of la dolce vita on an unforgettable journey through the Val d’Orcia, explore the winding cipress roads and architectural wonders around San Quirico d’Orcia, Pienza and Montalcino with our Hiking suggestions.


Walking from Montalcino to San Quirico d'Orcia   Circular walk Pienza (Porta al Prato) - Spedaletto - La Cappella Vitaleta   Anello San Quirico d'Orcia - Capella di Vitaleta

Walking from Montalcino to San Quirico d'Orcia

 

  Circular walk Pienza (Porta al Prato) - Spedaletto - La Cappella Vitaleta   Anello San Quirico d'Orcia - Capella di Vitaleta
Anello Pienza - Bagno Vignoni   Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta   Cypress trees in the Val d'Orcia
Anello Pienza - Bagno Vignoni  

San Quirico d'Orcia, Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta

 

  Cypress trees in the Val d'Orcia


Trekking Val d'Orcia

 

Podere Santa Pia is an exquisite holiday home in southern Tuscany, writing about Tuscany.
Located on the outskirts of Castiglioncello Bandini, Podere Santa Pia is one of the best places to slow travel in southern Tuscany. The country house comprises approximately 450 sqm of a splendid main house, 1 hectare of land overlooking the entire valley and situated in the middle of 2.000 hectares of unspoiled land.
Enjoy the exquisite art, museums, and churches in the nearby cities, then relish the cuisine and epic countryside. Podere Santa Pia highlights the best of the quintessential Italian region.

Hidden secrets in Tuscany Tuscan farmhouses | Podere Santa Pia



Bee hive in the garden
Celebrare il dolce far niente
Podere Santa Pia

The first bee hive in the garden
What should you do if you see a swarm?

 

   

Restaurants in Montefollonico


Ristorante dei 13 Gobb
i
Via Lando di Duccio, 5, 53040 Montefollonico

Osteria La Botte Piena
Piazza Dionisa Cinughi, 12, 53040 Montefollonico | www.labottepiena.com

Relais La Costa
Via Coppoli, N. 11 al N. | Centro Historico, Montefollonico | www.lacosta.it
La Costa was the old village farm and was owned by the Marquis Scipione Bargagli, the Prime Minister under the Tuscan Grand Duchy Pietro Leopoldo II, as attested in numerous documents preserved by the present owners. The farm played a primary role in selecting and preserving the products of the various "estates", plots of land with a house alongside and run by a family of sharecroppers or mezzadri (the traditional Tuscan manner of running an estate: half the harvest to the owner and half to the worker), there being as many as 30 in the 18th century, under the surveillance of a "bailiff" (a man trusted by the feudal lord-owner) as well as offering work for farm workers and, if needed, protection for the inhabitants of Montefollonico.

Ristorante La Chiusa di Dania Masotti
Via della Madonnina, 88 - 53040 Montefollonico (SI)
"La Chiusa" is located in a former oil-mill. Dania Masotti is one of the 2 owners and chief of the kitchen of this famous restaurant in Montefollonico. Together with author Yvonne Tempelmann Dania Marotti has published 2 cookbooks with culinary specialities of the Italian kitchen.

Al Botteghino
Localita' Osteria Delle Noci 25, 53049 Montefollonico



On a clear day you can see Corsica

Podere Santa Pia, view from the terrace. To the south is the little isle of Montecristo (on the left), the name of which captured the imagination of Alexandre Dumas. On a clear day you can even see Corsica (on the right), 250 km away


Montefollonico, viale e antica porta medievale, Porta del Triano @poderesantapia

 

[1] Photo by Rein Ergo.