In the next few updates about Tuscany I will also be giving you additional information about the areas we will be seeing when we are there.
The Venue is Pian del Colombaio. It is a traditional, stone farm building where the refurbishment has been executed to maintain the original style but with modern, efficient interiors. Arched, cotta ceilings and wooden beams have been lovingly restored to keep the character intact.
The owners, Angela and Jimmy McCracken who live on site, obviously have a keen eye for design which is also displayed in their very pretty garden - a rarity in these rural parts of Tuscany. Lush green lawns are dressed with flower beds, trees and shrubs. An 8mt diameter swimming pool has been placed to the far front of the garden and the entirety is surrounded by amazing vistas reaching to a back drop of Monte Amiata where there are some very well planned walking itineraries.
Less than 30 minutes away is the charming walled town of San Quirico d'Orcia. It is located on the northern edge of the Val d'Orcia of southern Tuscany and often unjustly overlooked by visitors to Pienza, Montalcino and Montepulciano, in this agricultural hinterland of Sienna. The distinctive landscape of the Val d'Orcia, flat chalk plains interspersed by almost conical hills topped by fortified settlements, inspired many Siennese artists, and their paintings have come to exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes, where the inhabitants are depicted as living in harmony with Nature. Today, the Val D'Orcia is a destination in itself, and its expansive, sweeping landscape is tremendously attractive. The Rome-Florence railway line and most of the road traffic passes well to the east, down the Val di Chiana, leaving the Val d'Orcia to walkers, cyclists and those who motor rather than drive.
In the next weeks we will be reading about Sant' Antimo and the Abbey of Monte Uliveto Maggiore where some of Italy's most beautiful frescoes are seen.
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