At Montefreddo we offer more than simple standardize concierge services. Olivia, who is fluent in English and is a licensed tour guide for the Siena and its surroundings, is available to help you enjoy the entire region at the fullest.
Here follow examples of some of the day trips that may be organized from the properties.
Each tour may be personalized with special moments: private vineyards tours and wine tastings, exclusive visits to private mansions, lunch in small refined country restaurants out of the tourist trucks. Our land is rich in hidden treasures and it will be a pleasure to help you discover them.
(distance 100 km) Less then two hours drive from the property is the Gothic jewel of Siena. Beyond the many historical palaces and ancient churches, Siena its known for the fascinating Campo square, where twice a year, on July 2nd and August 16th the most ancient horse race takes place: the Palio. On the highest area of the town is the majestic black and white Cathedral that houses the art work of some of the greatest Italian artists of all times such as Nicola Pisano, Michelangelo, Donatello, Gianlorenzo Bernini, just to mention the most famous.
(distance, circa 20 km) Radicofani is an hilltop medieval hamlet built around the 12th century fortress. The history of Radicofani is linked to the personality of Ghino di Tacco, a Sienese aristocrat who became an outlaw and took shelter in the fortress of Radicofani, where he lived as “the gentleman thief”.
(distance 25 km) Back in the sixth century B.C. , under the rule of the Etruscan prince Porsenna it was one of the most powerful cities of central Italy and bitter enemy of Rome. The important past of this town is treasured in two archeological museums that also give access to the underground town: the fascinating ancient aqueduct dig by the Etruscans.
(distance 40 km) Known as the pearl of the 16th century, is the home town of the poet Poliziano, intellectual at the court of Lorenzo de’ Medici, and the cradle of the Nobile wine. A walk through the streets and alleys of the historical center will be framed by important architectures from some of the greatest Italian architects such as Antonio da Sangallo il vecchio, Vignola, Baldassarre Peruzzi. Just outside the walls that surround the town, in a secluded position, is the great Renaissance temple of San Biagio.
(distance 50 km) Pienza is a small Renaissance town nestled among the hills of Valdorcia. In mid 15th century the Sienese Pope Pius II, from the aristocrat Piccolomini family, transformed the village of Corsignano in to the “ideal city of Pienza”. The Piccolomini palace and its ornamental garden, the austere stone Cathedral and the many palaces that crowns the main square and the picturesque alleys will make the tour of Pienza unforgettable. Do not miss the walk to the Romanesque parish church of Contignano.
MONTALCINO e S. ANTIMO
(60 km drive from the house along the Via Francigena and other panoramic roads). Montalcino is set on top of a hill that dominates the Val d’Orcia and offers fascinating views. A military stronghold of the Republic of Siena, today is widely known for its prestigious wine, the Brunello, obtained from Sangiovese grapes, here called brunello.
The abbey of Sant’Antimo is reached after a short drive along roads surrounded by vineyards. The legend tells it was founded by Charlemagne in 781. The abbey is a great example or Romanesque architecture and it is kept alive by a group of monks that six times a day celebrate Mess with Gregorian chant. For further information, visit the official Abbey web-site: www.antimo.it
SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA
(45 km from the property, along the panoramic road – the ancient Via Francigena -that crosses the Val d’Orcia). A small medieval town that hides fascinating architectures. Amongst them are the Romanesque-Gothic collegiate church and the 17th century Chigi Palace, built by the architect Carlo Fontana. There is also an Italian garden, the Horti Leonini, where every summer are hosted exhibitions of contemporary artists.
(40 km from the property, close to San Quirico d’Orcia, along the same panoramic road). The life of this medieval hamlet happens around the main square that consists of a large travertine thermal pool, once used by the pilgrims that use to stop in Bagno Vignoni during their long journeys. Among the prestigious guests that in the centuries have visited Bagno Vignoni and benefit from the thermal waters are Santa Caterina da Siena and Lorenzo the Magnificent.
(50 km from the property) This antique town dominates the Valdichiana from its hilltop position. A rival of Chiusi in ancient times, today it boasts beautiful architectures and one of the most interesting archeological museums, the MAEC, Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca, that hosts also a section dedicated to the Futurist master Gino Severini, native of Cortona.
(35 km from the property). As many of the mentioned towns it has an Etruscan origin, but it is in the 12th century that Orvieto shapes as the town we see today and builds the architectures that make it incredibly unique. Among them stands out the Gothic Cathedral. Do not miss the visit at the Pozzo di San Patrizio (Saint Patrick’s well) characterized by an incredible double helicoidally staircase and the underground town. Details may be found at www.orvietounderground.it
CITTA’ DELLA PIEVE
(15 km from the property)– Antique town (it has Etruscan origins), today it offers to its visitor elegant palaces and incredible number of churches with bell towers. The Cathedral treasures paintings from Pietro Vannucci, the Reinassence painter known as “Il Perugino”, master of Raffaello, who was born in 1446 in Città della Pieve. This small town has an incredible cultural life and offers a wide variety of events throughout the whole year. Not far from the ancient walls of the towns is a private contemporary art collection, Il giardino dei Lauri, open to public upon appointment: www.ilgiardinodeilauri.it
It’s an ancient village that until few decades ago was almost abandoned and partly wrecked. An Italian entrepreneur, Brunello Cucinelli, has decided to bring it back to life, electing Solomeo as the headquarter of his company. Antique and contemporary cohabit in perfect harmony and this hamlet has become a great example of “enlightened company”, where employees work in a serene atmosphere in a men-sized ambience. In the hamlet there is also a Cucinelli boutique.