Thursday, September 2, 2010

From Poggibonsi to San Galgano to Discover the Typical Tuscan Scenery

A stunning walk through typical Tuscan scenery to discover and re-discover the natural beauty and architectural and artistic treasures of an area of the province of Siena, which are among the less frequented by mass tourism. One of the most interesting routes is the one from Poggibonsi to San Galgano, which is 92 kilometres long and can be done by car, but especially by bike, and offer the opportunity to appreciate striking views that extend as far as the Metallifere hills, allowing you to see the typical scenery of the Maremma. The route starts from Poggibonsi, in the Sienese Valdelsa and heads towards San Gimignano.
The city of the towers, known around the world, offers the chance for a visit in the striking 14th century atmosphere. The route then continues along the road of the Vernaccia, towards Castel San Gimignano, a group of houses along the road that connects the Valdelsa with Volterra. From Castel San Gimignano, the route continues along the Statale road 68, towards the city of alabaster, to then turn almost immediately to the left towards Casole d’Elsa. Once you have reached the small village, a fortified outpost of the Sienese republic that has recently been restructured and developed, the route continues towards Mensano and from here Radicondoli, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the most striking Tuscan hills. From Radicondoli, the route continues towards Belforte and Montingegnoli, two castles of architectural and urbanistic value that gave rise to small villages far away from the big transport road to the sea. From Montingegnoli, you can continue towards Montalcinello and then towards Chiusdino, immersed in the Val di Merse, on the border with the Maremma. The Municipality of Chiusdino contains the final destination of the route: the Cistercian abbey of San Galgano and the chapel of Monte Siepi, a vision that leaves the visitor breathless, looking at the roof made of sky of the uncovered cathedral.

(Portions of this article first appeared in "Toscana & Chianti News")

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