Central Tuscany: Le Crete And The Val D'Orcia (Inside Tuscany: A Second Time Around)

Central Tuscany: Le Crete And The Val D'Orcia (Inside Tuscany: A Second Time Around)

  • Publish Date: 2015-02-02
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Scott Tiezzi Grabinger
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Central Tuscany: Le Crete and the Val dOrcia

Revised 2018 / 2019 Edition

This is the fifth in Scott Tiezzi Grabinger's "Inside Tuscany: A Second Time Around" series.

The Val dOrcia is the center of the Tuscany area that provides many of the images in calendars, coffee table books, movie settings, and postcards: cedar lined drives, rolling hills of grain, vineyards and towns with forts on hills visible for miles. Several world class wines and foods come from the area. With this guide:

  • Drive through the badlands and eerily magnificent landscapes of Le Crete with its fields of grain, pastures, ponds, and sheep.
  • After Le Crete stop at the Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore and wrap yourself in its reverent solitude deep in the forest.
  • Climb the ramparts of the fortezza of Montalcino for a view of the Val dOrcia all the way to Monte Amiata. Taste the prized Brunello di Montalcino and admire the churches and Museo Civico e Diocesano.
  • Stop at the Stone that Sings, the Abbazia di SantAntimo a few kilometers from Montalcino.
  • Stand in Piazza Pio II in the Ideal humanist city of Pienza to admire its unique architecture. Have a lunch taking an option for each course that uses Pienza's great pecorino cheese.
  • Surprise yourself by the beauty and treasures in the tiny hill town of Monticchiello.
  • Explore deceptively quiet San Quirico dOrcia, famous for its gardens: the Horti Leoni and the Rose Garden.
  • Bathe in the tame spas of Bagno Vignoni or hike through the woods to the wild hot pools of Fosso Bianco.
  • Take in the panorama of the whole Val dOrcia from the towering Rocca of Radicofani.
  • Spend a day or two in exciting Montepulciano, the largest town in the area. Appreciate the panoramas from its walls. Taste the excellent Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and eat lunch at the Ristorante Enoteca la Corte Medicea.

Set up a base in one of the larger towns in the regions like Montalcino, Montepulciano, or Pienza and spend three or four days carefully exploring the beautiful scenery, hill towns, restaurants, museums, fortresses, and churches, finishing the day in a relaxing hot spring.

Guide information:

  • cook with authentic recipes, some from my Italian cousins,
  • use GPS coordinates to navigate,
  • assess the mobile accessibility of sites.

NOTE:The 2018/2019 makes revisions, adds new information, and uses more and larger pictures.

Praise from Readers for the Second Time Around Series

  • I was delighted to find your book on the area on Amazon before our visit earlier this month.

  • We went to Arezzo a few years ago, but this time, armed with guidebook we visited again. I wanted to let you know how helpful the book was. I had not noticed the bas-reliefs on the barrel vault of the main door of Pieve Santa Maria or visited the Museo Ivan Bruschi before, let alone the Telecommunications Museum which, like you, we stumbled on unexpectedly.

  • I just finished your book and wanted to tell you I enjoyed it very much. I am planning to go to the Tuscany area next June for a wedding and it gave me a lot of usual information. Because of your book I plan on setting up shop in Arezzo for a few days.

  • I have your guide books which have been very useful.
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