Our concierge service will be happy to provide you with any information you may need for your excursions in Tuscany and other regions of Italy.
Our itineraries will take you to some of Tuscany’s most interesting locations, all within easy reach of Relais Casanova.
- Cortona – For your day in Cortona, let us propose various itineraries in the historic center, on the hilltop called the poggio, along the city walls, and around the Etruscan city. Cortona was one of the twelve cities of the Etruscan Confederation. Majestic stretches of the city’s original cyclopean walls still stand, modified only in part by medieval additions. Except for a few beautiful Renaissance palaces, the prevailing style in Cortona’s architecture is medieval and lends the narrow, steeply-ascending streets an especially evocative air. Thanks to its high perch at 600 a.s.l., every corner of Cortona offers a stupendous panorama over the entire Chiana valley. Of note, the medieval churches of San Francesco and San Domenico, the medieval Palazzo Casale with its Renaissance facade, and the churches of Santa Maria Nova and San Niccolò, with their fine works of art; and the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and its cypress wood, the small farmers’ villages, and the enormous, now-empty farmhouses.
- Crete Senesi and the Valdorcia – One of the most often photographed natural beauty spots in Tuscany is without a doubt the astonishing landscape that extends southward from Siena past Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia, by now commonly known as the Crete Senesi. It is quite simply magical: you can return to the same spot a hundred times and see the same view in as many different lights. Discover the Crete Senesi and the Orcia valley, with its gentle hills and cities of art, medieval castles and small churches, and abandoned hamlets. With a dash of adventure and stops to enjoy excellent Tuscan cuisine. With the cooperation of specialized agencies, Relais Casanova proposes 4x4 adventures in search of little-known artworks and the marvelous panoramas of the most famous and still-uncontaminated part of the Tuscan countryside. Itineraries of different lengths, mostly on unpaved roads linking unique localities such as Monticchiello, San Giovanni d'Asso, and San Quirico d'Orcia. Accompanied by expert guides, tourists will discover woodlands, vineyards, hamlets, and castles – and a land of small workshops and shops, never-to-be-forgotten flavors, and panoramas waiting to be photographed. The “panorama safari” is a new facet of the Italian tourist offer and, here, take you through a countryside with many features tagged as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.
- Pitigliano, Sovana, Sorano: The Tufa Cities – Standing on a tufa rock spur is Pitigliano, a splendid town in which the homes seem to melt into the underlying rock – or grow from it. Every era has left its mark: Etruscan, Roman, medieval. Every population has quarried and cut the tufa, creating a city under the city: tunnels, shafts, tombs, cellars, aviaries. But Pitigliano is not just history: the visitor may choose sports in the open air, or local gastronomy at the many typical shops and eating spots, or simply to rest and enjoy the splendid surrounding countryside. Besides in Pitigliano, testimony to the ancient peoples who inhabited the area are to be found throughout the surrounding area; for example, in Sovana, famed as an important Etruscan center, medieval hamlet, and Renaissance village – and bishopric – and in Sorano, at the center of the “tufa lands.” Welcome to the Parco degli Etruschi!
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