Not to be missed

Not to be missed

For centuries, landscape, agriculture and the arts have intermingled in the Val d'Orcia, developing a unique harmony of places, sights and tastes. Visitors to the Relais will discover unforgettable places in the immediate vicinity, and find offers of events and attractions throughout the year.

Only 40km away from Siena, this famous Tuscan village boasts architectural treasures like the City Hall, the churches of Saint Agostino and Saint Egidio, the striking Fortress and the Palazzo dei Priori. Not to be missed also the Cathedral, a great example of neoclassical architecture.
Just a step out from the town centre to immerse oneself in the surrounding countryside. Here vineyards, olive groves, and forests are interspersed, but the vines are certainly the star of this territory, the land of Brunello.
Day Trips to Montalcino
The Civic and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art houses numerous medieval and modern works of art in the former Convent of Saint Augustine: in its twelve rooms, there are sculptures, frescoes, paintings, illuminated manuscripts, sacred vestments, gold ornaments, holy vessels, and ceramics. In the museum, there is also an archaeological section with artifacts from the Bronze Age, Iron Age, as well as from Etruscan and Roman civilizations. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary after the Spanish siege, the Renaissance church Madonna del Soccorso is located on the hill offering a unique view below. 
The Astrusi Theatre dates back to 1700, an expression of theatre architecture of the time; acquired by the City of Montalcino in the 80s, it has become one of the centres for the cultural life of the town.
The Fortress of Montalcino is probably the most striking construction in the city: from its classic pentagonal shape with its solid walls, it dominates the town and the valley. It now hosts big events such as shows, theatre productions, music concerts and food festivals. Within its walls, it also hosts Jazz&Wine, a music festival dedicated to jazz which welcomes top artists every year.

Montalcino and its wine

Brunello di Montalcino originates here in this place, produced only with Sangiovese grapes. It was the first in Italy to have the official DOCG -denomination of origin inspected and guaranteed – classification. Brunello di Montalcino represents the best in winemaking in the area and one of the main attractions of this territory

Around Montalcino: 

Abbey of Sant’Antimo
Not far from Montalcino stands the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a brilliant expression of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany. Located near Castelnuovo dell’Abate, this monastic complex found new life in 1979 after it had been abandoned for many years thanks to a group of French monks who founded a monastic community based on the Canons regular rules of Saint Augustine.

Bagno Vignoni is located in the heart of the Orcia Valley only 30 minutes from Montalcino. This little hamlet started as a health spa wanted by Pope Pius II Piccolomini and is still known today for its hot spring pool located in the centre of the main square. Here there are several health spas where it is possible to spend the day relaxing.

San Quirico d’Orcia, famous for both its historical centre and surrounding countryside, where the rolling hills and cypress trees offer one of the best landscapes in this part of Tuscany. Like Bagno Vignoni and Pienza, it is only half an hour from Montalcino - perfect for a day trip.

Representing the perfect Renaissance architecture as wanted by Pope Pius II, conceived as the model of an ideal city, Pienza has kept its Renaissance style even today. The romantically named streets Via dell’Amore (the Way of Love) and Via del Bacio (the Way of the Kiss) make it a famous destination for lovebirds, but it is also enchanting for everyone with its magnificent view that can be enjoyed from the city walls. Of particular interest, the Cathedral in Piazza Pio II, the church of San Francesco and the cloister next door, the monastery of Sant’Anna in Camprena just outside the town.

This little town in the heart of the Crete area is the centre of the Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco delle Crete Senesi (second and third weekend in November). Guided tastings, artistic and cultural events, top quality food and craft markets featuring the precious tuber of the local area are organized and fresh truffle can be purchased. 
Marzuolo Truffle and Typical Products of the Crete Senesi Festival
In the month of March, the Marzuolo Truffle Festival takes place featuring a market of typical products, tastings, and the fresh white truffle of the Crete Senesi is available for purchase.

The Cathedral of Montepulciano houses the monumental Assumption of the Virgin triptych painted by Taddeo di Bartolo in 1401. Its Piazza Grande, main square, and the Town Hall were the backdrop for the famous television series “Medici” thanks to their perfect condition which remains true to its time. It is also famous for the bounty of its vineyards from which Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG is made.

With its perfectly preserved medieval buildings, the provincial capital of Siena represents one of the most important centres in the Tuscan territory. The city of Siena holds numerous particularly precious monuments and buildings within its walls. Certainly, the Town Hall is to be visited, which, with its frescoes, represent a treasure of XIII century art. In the main square, Piazza del Campo, outside the Town Hall, the Palio horse race is run twice a year - on 2 July in honour of Our Lady of Provenzano and 16 August in honour of Our Lady of the Assumption – and sees the 17 districts of the city centre, called Contrade, race against each other. 
The Cathedral of Siena represents one of the best expressions of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Built in the XII century with its black and white marble and finely chiseled floor by numerous artists over the course of centuries, it is a majestic work of art which certainly deserves to be visited even inside. Just opposite the Cathedral there is the historical hospital of Siena, Santa Maria della Scala. It started as a hospital and hostel for pilgrims along the Francigena pilgrim route surely before the year 1000. It was the city hospital up until 1995 and currently is an important museum complex which splendidly houses frescoes and art collections of great value.

Monteriggioni sits in the Sienese hill area known as Montagnola. The Castle of Monteriggioni, built between 1214 and 1219, still boasts a great part of the structures from the XIII century today and is an absolutely unique place among all medieval Tuscan towns.

Its numerous towers are visible from afar, San Gimignano offers a profusion of breathtaking views for tourists. The Cathedral, dating to the XII century, contains frescoes by Ghirlandaio while the famous Piazza della Cisterna is the main area of attraction in the town.

Attracting thousands of tourists every year, its Renaissance architecture and innumerable masterpieces which it houses make it a must-see in the Tuscan territory. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, better known simply as the “Duomo” is a splendid example of architecture of the 1400s along with the nearby Baptistry. The Uffizi Gallery is an authentic treasure trove of art where works by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Giotto, Raffaello and many other artists from different eras can be found. Not far is the Ponte Vecchio, famous for the historical gold shops, which can’t be missed on a walk through Florence.

Maremà Shopping Centre – Grosseto
Valdichiana Outlet Village - Foiano della Chiana

The Mall Luxury Outlet - Leccio Reggello, Firenze

The Space Prada Outlet -  Montevarchi

Barberino Designer Outlet - Barberino di Mugello
Florence, the historical centre is filled with shops
and the ideal place for quality and exclusive shopping