We are in the Valdichiana area, which is the southeast of Tuscany. It's an agricultural triangle of the region, roughly between Arezzo, Cortona and Siena. Besides those cities themselves, you can combine different destinations in a day trip:
- Lake Trasimeno for a day on / on the water
- Pienza / Montepulciano / Val d'Orcia
- Perugia / Assisi
- San Gimignano / Siena
The Autostrada A1 and Siena-Perugia motorways ensure that travel times are shorter compared to other parts of Tuscany. Florence is easily accessible by train for a day trip, which prevents parking and driving in the city. You could even consider visiting Rome by high-velocity train from Arezzo, a trip of 70 minutes. On the south side of the Trasimeno lake there is a water park with several pools and slides.
This is the largest Comune in the Sienese Valdichiana and contains six other villages: Abbadia di Montepulciano, Acquaviva, Gracciano, Montepulciano Stazione, S.Albino and Valiano.
One of the twelve cities of the Etruscan League-substantial fragments of its primitive cyclopean defences can still be seen, incorporated in the medieval walls.
The town stands on the top of a hill which overlooks the splendid Val d'Orcia. Pienza is a mainly agricultural centre, particularly famous for its pecorino cheese
Around the 7th century A.D. the promontory proved to be a formidable defensive outpost for the Byzantine Duchy of Perugia against the neighbouring Longobard territory of Tuscany.
Arezzo is known worldwide as the City of Gold and the Giostra del Saracino, it was home to the oldest university in Tuscany, and one of the first in Europe.
Siena is universally known for its huge historical, artistic, scenic heritage and for its substantial stylistic unity of medieval urban furniture, as well as for the famous Palio.