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Places to visit near the Agriturismo La Ripolina
Siena is located in the hills of Chianti, Montagnola and the Crete Senesi, immersed in a hilly landscape of considerable charm. The city is characterized by stylistic unity dating back to the medieval period and is listed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Siena is known worldwide for the Palio, a horse race in which the various city districts take part. The Palio, besides being an ancient historical manifestation deriving from an ancient medieval joust, represents a historical continuum with the traditions of the city. Of notable merit also the cathedral (1226-1370) that contains works of the most important Italian artists of the period such as the pulpit of Niccolò Pisano, or the Piccolomini‘s altar.
Important agricultural center located in the Crete Senesi, Buonconvento experienced a remarkable development thanks to its favorable position along the Via Francigena. The perfectly conserved fourteenth-century village houses the Museum of Sacred Art of the Val d’Arbia along its main street. Art Nouveau buildings are also very interesting, both inside and outside the village.
Montalcino is recognized as the city of wine and oil. Its territory is located between the valleys of the Ombrone, Orcia and Asso. Montalcino is an ancient medieval village with the remains of its ancient walls and the fortress, the last stronghold of the Sienese Republic. Numerous archaeological finds in its surroundings allowed to draw a map of the settlements dating back to the Etruscan and Roman times.
Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Monte Oliveto Maggiore is the abbey headed by the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation. The construction began in 1393 and ended in 1526. Located on a hill overlooking the Crete Senesi in a cypress wood. It is one of the most important historical monuments of Tuscany enclosing a high number of artworks of art in it. The most famous are the magnificent wooden choir and the cloister frescoed by Sodoma and by Signorelli, representing the life of St. Benedict.
Known since the Etruscans and Romans, this village is located in the heart of Tuscany, within the Val d’Orcia Natural Art Park. At the center of the village there is the “Piazza delle sorgenti“. It is a rectangular basin of sixteenth-century origin, which contains a hot and steaming thermal spring that emerges from the underground layer of volcanic origin.
The Monastery of San Galgano is a splendid building, considered one of the most prestigious examples of Italian Gothic-Cistercian architecture. In 1300 the abbey was devastated by the troops commanded by Giovanni Acuto who plundered it and took away the copper roof. Today it is a place of legends like that of San Galgano, who stripped of all his wealth and put his sword into a rock. This true sword in the stone still lies in the nearby chapel of Montesiepi.