Cooltours® - Tuscany off the beaten paths
San Galgano - Monteriggioni - Colle Valdelsa
Monteuliveto - Clay Hills
These day tours are authentic off the beaten paths destinations for curious travelers or for those who have been to Tuscany several times and would like to explore two different locations where not all driving companies bring you as a day trip.
The areas are the Valdimerse in combination with the Valdelsa and the Clay Hills of Siena (Crete Senesi).
The first is the deep west end of the Sienese county almost on the borders with the seaside county of Grosseto while the second area lies south east of the medieval city of Siena.
The drive might be longer specially from Florence but it worths visiting and exploring the mysterious and charming roofless San Galgano abbey and the preserved hilltop town of Colle Valdelsa as well as speaking about the Clay Hills is worthy to enjoy the soft rolling hills topped by farmhouses and populated by tons of sheep and goats for the best cheese production.
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San Galgano - Monteriggioni- Colle Valdelsa
Most likely your day will start with a pick up at your location between 8:30 or 9:00.
At least one hour and half drive will lead you to the charming San Galgano Abbey and Montesiepi chapel where you will be able to see frescoes painted by the famous Sienese artist Lorenzetti as well as you will be able to take a real pic of the "sword in the rock" protected in the dome-shaped church.
After you will go down the valley to visit the roofless church, the best example of french gothic style in the countryside.
Lunch time can be spent in the medieval fortress of Monteriggioni where you can eat a local trattoria and then have a easy stroll around the walled fortress full of tiny shops and cafes.
Alternatively you can include a farm/winery visit to enjoy a farm to table meal paired with local Chianti Colli Senesi DOC and of course some other products.
The day will go on with the afternoon spent walking in the medieval village of Colle Valdelsa Alta.
The adventure starts by taking the elevator taking you through a tunnel up to the hill from where you will enjoy an amazing view of the valley and of the Chianti Classico hills.
Most likely you will see some artisans working fine glass and if you wish you can visit yourself the unique museum of fine glass or go into one of the local shops to learn more about this local product.
Most likely your day will start with a pick . up between 8:30 or 9:00 am depending on your location.
We will drive toward the south east area of Siena called "Crete Senesi" , a fascinating landscape composed of soft rolling hills, cypresses and farms where sheep and goats run free.
During the explanation we will stop along the way to take magnificent pics and with a clear sky you will see Siena up the hill in front of you.
First stop is at the monastery of Monteuliveto Maggiore where you will experience a unique cloister al frescoed by Luca Signorelli and Sodoma, tuscan painters of the early renaissance.
At lunch time you will have several options, a farm or a winery for a great farm to table meal or a local trattoria to taste the local products.
A great alternative is to move on toward the famous hilltop town of Montalcino to sample some award winning Brunello wines.
After lunch most likely we will stop at a medieval well preserved off the beaten path village like Buonconvento or Chiusure to enjoy the architecture while having an easy stroll where the local lives.
Alternatively if you will be in the wine region, a stroll in the hamlet of Montalcino will follow.