Crete Senesi

The clay gives the soil of the valleys southeast of Siena a distinctive grey coloration. The erosion has played a major role in the formation of the landscape. The clay land is bare and it has formed craggy badlands known as calanchi and clay knolls. This spectacular landscape, of rolling terrain punctuated by farmhouses, dotted with cypress, castles, ancient villages, abbeys and crumbling fortress, is a photographers’ paradise, one of the most stunning winding roads in Tuscany.

We suggest you to take the speedway Siena/Bettolle. Exit at Taverne d’Arbia and follow direction for Asciano. Now drive on the Strada Lauretana for 3 km (through a level crossing and into the town of Taverne d’Arbia) until on your left you see a road bordered by cypresses and a road sign to Leonina. Here, turn on the left and after about a km on the top of the hill there is the famous Site Transitoire, a sculpture of contemporary art by Jean-Paul Philippe, an artist who choose to live on these metaphysical hills in the very heart of the Crete.

Go ahead to Asciano, stop by in Chiusure, and after a walk on this pretty old terracotta village visit the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, with its beautiful fresco paintings and old library. Drive to S. Giovanni d’Asso and stop in Lucignano d’Asso, little more than a cluster of ancient houses, where you will find one of the best offerings of local cheeses and cold cuts at the little local alimentary shop. Finally go back traveling through Trequanda and Sinalunga.

Itinerary informations:

  • Itinerary: Poggiobello – Site Transitoire – Asciano – Abbey of Monte Oliveto – Chiusure – Lucignano d’Asso – Trequanda
  • Total Km: 107 km
  • Driving Time: 2h 12 min