Surroundings: Agriturismo near Siena in Toscana, Buonconvento

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The Sienese Clay Hills are found to the south-east of Siena. This hilly, clay area - sometimes referred to as 'the Tuscan desert' - forms part of the municipalities of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d'Arbia, Rapolano Terme e S.Giovanni d'Asso. Until 2.5 millions years ago the area was under the sea. When the water receded, irregular sediments of clay and sand,containing fossils emerged. The slow erosion process generated many coves called "calanchi" or "biancone" and small dome-shaped hills with a peculiar light colour. The ground has amazing colours and is so maleable that anyone passing over it leaves tracks.

Livestock paths, numerous vineyards, olive-groves, truffle-grounds, and lush forests with oaks, ilexes, broom and hawthorn can be seen here. Travelling along the rural dirt roads,often located on hill ridges, seems like sailing among waves of earth and, when overlooked by an open sky and pushed by the wind, one feels very small. This land is crossed by the ancient Via Cassia road and is part of the Francigena pilgrims' route. It is rich with old parish-churches, abbeys, and ancient farmhouses and thermal springs, as well as travertine quarries which gave birth to the famous local handicrafts.

Distances: Siena: 25 km Firenze : 103 km Aeroporto di Firenze: 120 km Aeroporto di Pisa : 195 km Aeroporto di Roma Fiumicino : 245 km Roma: 218 km Stazione ferroviaria di Buonconvento: 3 km Stazione ferroviaria di Siena : 28 km Montalcino : 12 km San Gimignano: 70 km Asciano: 20 km La Verna (S.Francesco): 110 km Camaldoli : 118 km Repubblica di San Marino: 184 km Abazia di Monteoliveto: 8 km Terme di Rapolano: 29 km Chianciano Terme : 47 km Castrocaro Terme :197 km Bagno Vignoni: 25 km Bagni S. Filippo: 43 km Abazia di S.Galgano: 49 km Abazia di Sant’Antimo: 22 km Val d’Orcia: 10 km

Arezzo: 73 km Sansepolcro: 106 km Isola d’Elba Porto Ferraio: 156 km Perugia: 96 km Pisa: 195 km Lucca: 170 km Pistoia: 134 km Grosseto: 72 km Livorno: 215 km Monteriggioni: 48 km Pienza: 27 km S.Quirico d’Orcia: 20 km Montepulciano: 40 km Radda in Chianti: 66 km Greve in Chianti: 74 km Porto Azzurro: 162 km S.Leo: 167 km Orvieto: 109 km Assisi : 115 km Gubbio: 139 km Todi: 133 km Lago Trasimeno: 63 km Lago di Bolsena: 89 km Civita di Bagnoregio: 124 km Marina di Grosseto: 83 km Parco Uccellina Maremma (Alberese e Telamone): 86 km Castiglione della Pescaia: 92 km Orbetello: 114 km