8 days in Province of Siena Itinerary

8 days in Province of Siena Itinerary

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Pienza

— 2 nights
Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the "touchstone of Renaissance urbanism."In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d'Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes.HistoryBefore the village was renamed to Pienza its name was Corsignano. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Taverna del Pecorino and Via di Gracciano nel Corso. Explore Pienza's surroundings by going to Museo Civico Archeologico delle Acque (in Chianciano Terme), Castello Banfi - Enoteca (in Montalcino) and Abbadia San Salvatore (Mining Museum Park & Abbazia San Salvatore). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Terrazza Del Palazzo Comunale, do a tasting at Contucci, examine the collection at Palazzo Piccolomini, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pienza trip itinerary maker.

Florence to Pienza is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In December in Pienza, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Castellina In Chianti.

Things to do in Pienza

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Nightlife

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Castellina In Chianti

— 5 nights
Castellina in Chianti is a comune (municipality) of c. You've now added Azienda Agricola Casamonti to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vecchio Molino and Castello di Montefioralle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Castellina In Chianti: Balloon Rides (in San Casciano in Val di Pesa), Loro Ciuffenna (Museo Venturino Venturi, Pieve di Gropina, &more) and Santuario di Santa Maria in Valle (in Laterina). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Azienda Agricola Altiero (Winery), examine the collection at Museo del Vino, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pieve di San Leolino, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico del Chianti Senese.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Castellina In Chianti travel site.

Drive from Pienza to Castellina In Chianti in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Castellina In Chianti, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Castellina In Chianti

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

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Province of Siena travel guide

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Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Churches
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".

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