Where to Go in Crete Senesi, One of Tuscany’s Dreamiest Landscapes

Siena is one of the most fascinating provinces in Tuscany as well as a charming medieval town whose historical city centre was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1995 by Unesco. According to the legend, the sons of Remus – Romulus’ brother, who had founded Rome –founded it. The city is the province’s capital and has 53,000 inhabitants. It is historically known – mainly during the Renaissance – by its political and cultural rivalry against Florence, the other important city in Tuscany. Both competed for hosting the most promising artists of the time. That rivalry left a rich cultural heritage in the two cities. Located next to the wine region of Chianti – only 20 Km away from Villa Dievole – Siena has a special charm due to its similarities with its aspect during the 13th and 14th centuries. Tourists coming here will discover emblematic places, such as Siena’s cathedral and museum, which holds the famous ‘Madonna’ by the local artist Duccio di Buoninsegna; the fan-shaped Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse race is celebrated twice a year; the city council or Palazzo Pubblico and its bell tower, apart from another important art museum inside the building; and the Pinacoteca Nazionale, one of the most impressive art galleries in Italy, which is located inside the Palazzo Buonsignori. Discover the trace of the city’s Etruscan roots and the charm of its medieval squares and small streets with Dievole. Follow Dievole’s advice to make the most of your visit to Siena, no matter it is a romantic break, a single day trip or a longer stay. Siena is the ideal destination for art, wine and gastronomy lovers; it does not disappoint any visitor. The Tuscan town is also known by its university – founded in 1240 – which is one of the best universities in the country and it is the chosen destination of numerous Italian and foreign students. You can also enjoy the most emblematic medieval festivities in the province. In the local bars and restaurants, you will be able to taste a delicious Chianti Classico wine while touring this lovely Italian area. If you want to flee from the noise of a tourist and university town, you can look for accommodation in Villa Dievole and organise your visit to Siena from here.

Where to Go in Crete Senesi, One of Tuscany’s Dreamiest Landscapes

The land of Crete Senesi (literally this means, “gray clay” named for the area’s soils and pronounced KREH-teh seh-NEH-seh) has long been lauded as one of Tuscany’s most beautiful and one of the most photographed places in the region. A wind-swept land southeast of Siena among the beautiful valleys of Val d’Orcia, and home to […]
November 24, 2017

Vagliagli: A Medieval Town Renewed

Dievole has recently sponsored the renovation of the town nearest to the winery. The medieval town has undergone 2 years of work on its pipes and pavement, and now proudly shows off its perfect form. This small town is the perfect Tuscany community.
November 23, 2017
glass painting in Siena

Craft tours in Siena: the best artisan workshops in Siena

Siena is a heaven for all those who seek to find high-quality artwork. There are many antique workshops where weavers, ceramists and sculptors create masterpieces day by day using techniques that have been inherited from generation to generation. When you visit Siena, one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the history and culture […]
July 27, 2017
Torres de San Gimignano

Top 6 fantastic photo locations in Tuscany

Have you ever seen those picture perfect postcards of Tuscany, and wondered where they are taken? Or perhaps you’ve driven around the region and while you’ve seen beautiful things, you have yet to find those mysterious fields of poppies, undulating hills of wheat or seas of yellow sunflowers? Wonder no more; we’ve done the research […]
May 3, 2017

The best wine and food shops in Italy

After the cold windy days of the previous months, spring is the perfect season to travel around Italy and discover the beauty of our regions where you can admire the first blossoms after the long winter months. If you are visiting Italy and would like to buy typical food products or a few bottles of […]
January 27, 2017

How to travel Tuscany the active way

Looking for ways to shed those few extra holiday pounds packed during days of never-ending festive feasting? Travel Tuscany and stay active with our useful destination guide! With its varied landscapes and healthy vegetable-packed recipes, our region is definitely the perfect destination for sports lovers and fitness buffs. After an intense day spent hiking, horseback-riding, cycling through cities […]
January 16, 2017

What to do in Tuscany on a Sunday

Everyone needs a day off once in a while, better yet if that day is a Sunday. There are a lot of things to do here in Tuscany – you could try out a guided tour of a museum or a specific area of the city, visit a local artisan shop, savour a full Tuscan meal […]
November 25, 2016
Nocellara Olives Ph. Hans Suter

Nocellara olives: why to choose this olive oil

Nocellara. The word alone should suffice to convince you – round, buttery and the epitome of all things Mediterranean. Originally hailing from Sicily, where it arrived thanks to the ancient Greeks who settled on the island in the mid-eighth century b.C, its firm, juicy and slightly bitter pulp are renowned all throughout the oil world. […]
November 11, 2016
Who could resist such a wonderful view?

Best restaurants in Tuscany

Italy is a safe haven for food and wine lovers from all over the world and we take pride in our continuous strive towards culinary excellence. If you’re planning a trip to central Italy, you’ll find your share of options, but here’s our list of Best restaurants in Tuscany that might come in handy – especially if […]
October 14, 2016

What to do in Tuscany when it rains

What to do in Tuscany when it rains It’s true, Tuscany is one of the sunniest places in the world and that is why it produces the best wines of the world. But of course it rains even here. Walking the streets and visiting outdoor monuments it is not exactly the perfect thing to do […]
October 7, 2016