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


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Castle San Giovanni d'Asso, seen from South[1]

Toacana ] Galleria di immagini  

The Crete Senesi | The Castle of San Giovanni d’Asso, seen from South, Crete Senesi


San Giovanni d'Asso is a comune in the area known as the Crete Senesi, in the heart of the white truffle territory. The hamlet is overlooked by a large Castle which dates back to the Sixteenth century.


Location43° 09′ 10.1″ N, 11° 35′ 23.13″ E Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.



Mappa San Giovanni d'Asso | Ingrandire mappa


The comune San Giovanni d'Asso includes the hamlets of Montisi, Lucignano d'Asso, Monterongriffoli, Vergelle and Pieve a Salti.
From January 1,2017 the municipalities of San Giovanni d'Asso and Montalcino were united into one comune. San Giovanni d'Asso is now part of a larger comune, Montalcino.


#poderesantapia Monte Amiata, vista da San Giovanni d'Asso, bellissimo panorama 



Comune San Giovanni d'Asso | Official website

Traveling in Tuscany | Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi

J. Cassar, M.G. Winter, B.R. Marker, N.R.G. Walton, D.C. Entwisle, E.N. Bromhead, J.W.N. Smith, Geological Society of London, 30 apr. 2014, Stone in Historic Buildings: Characterization and Performance |

Tuscan architecture: the stones through the centuries
Starting from the Etruscan - Roman period, archaeological evidence indicates the use of strictly IocaI building materials Iike the calcarenites along the Tyrrhenian coast (Pisa and Populonia) and in Volterra, while, on the foothilIs of the Apennines, the Etruscan Fiesoie and Cortona are characterized by the use of a quartz-feldspar sandstone (Pietra Serena), clearly visible in the large blocks of the city walls.
In the Middle Ages, the materials used were still local. Pisa and Lucca are characterized mainly by the use of the quartzites of Monte Pisano, Massa Marittima (the old Massa Metallorum) by travertine, and Siena and San Gimignano by a vacuolar limestone (Calcare Cavernoso) and later on by bricks. The cities in the foothills of the Apennines, such as Arezzo, Cortona and Pistoia, were still characterized by the Pietra Serena, while Florence was built from another kind of sandstone, Pietraforte. However, Prato, which is between Florence and Pistoia, was built using the local marly limestone, known as Alberese. [p 71]



Galleria immagini Crete Senesi

Crete Senesi presso Asciano   Monte Oliveto Maggiore  
Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Campanil

Crete Senesi presso Asciano


  Monte Oliveto Maggiore  
Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Campanile]
Crete Senesi, balle di fieno   Pieve Santo Stefano a Cennano 08   Chiusure and the Campanile of Santa Maria di Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Crete Senesi, balle di fieno  

Pieve di Santo Stefano a Cennano. Absidi



Chiusure and the Campanile of Santa Maria di Monte Oliveto Maggiore



Holiday Accommodation Tuscany

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[1] Photo by LigaDue, licensed under  the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.