The area South of Siena is wide and varied. We're talking about 2 main areas - the Val d'Arbia, the river that runs directly South of Siena and joins the Ombrone near Buonconvento, and then the area south-west of Siena, in the hills north of the Maremma. The main towns of the area are Chiusdino, Monticiano, Roccatederighi, Buonconvento and down to Montalcino.
The area south-west of Siena is wilder and more forested than the wide valleys of the Val d'Orcia and the Val d'Arbia. Towns like Chiusdino, Massa Marittima and Roccatederighi have a medieval atmosphere still hanging around them and it is easy to feel as though time has paused when exploring these hill towns and the areas around them. We have an agriturismo close to Chiusdino and an ex-monastery by Roccatederighi, in Pieve di Caminino.
Val d'Arbia and Val d'Orcia
We have a separate area for the Val d'Orcia (Villas in the Val d'Orcia) but there is a fair amount of crossover and the landscape is very similar, rolling hills of corn punctuated by cypresses and chapels. The little house of Pozzo in the Etruscan village of Murlois a great base for an insight into this magical area.