Numerous charming villages and small cities are in the proximity of Romitorio. Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, San Quirico d’Orcia, Buonconvento, Petroio, Castelmuzio, Asciano, Montisi and of course Siena are all worth a visit. Distances by car range from 15 to 45 minutes.
Amidst the vineyards of the Chianti area and around magnificent olive groves, Siena is one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany. The Piazza del Campo, one of the most photographed town squares in Italy, stands in the centre of the city. Twice a year, the Piazza del Campo is the venue for the “Palio”, a famous horserace where each “fantino” (jockey) competes for the honor of his “contrada” (town neighbourhood).
Montepulciano, with its location on the ridge of a hill, is one of the highest towns of Tuscany. In this stunning renaissance town one of the main attractions is the walk up the main street, bordered by characteristic shops and “enoteche” (wine shops), to the “Piazza Grande”, wherefrom one has a splendid panorama of the town and its surroundings.
Montepulciano is home to the Vino Nobile, one of Italy’s oldest red wine appellations. We recommend booking a tour and tasting at Avignonesi winery ( www.avignonesi.it/en/hospitality) to taste the region, fully expressed in these wines.
Another historic town, known for the production of the renowned wine Brunello di Montalcino. Located on the flank of a hill and dominated by an impressive fortress, it is one of the top tourist destinations in Tuscany.
Another charming destination for an excursion is the town of Pienza, built by pope Pio II in 1462. Pienza is famous for the production of “pecorino”, a tasty cheese made with sheep’s milk.
For the lovers of classical music, four high-level music festivals take place in the vicinity:
The Piccola Accademia di Montisi, where the harpsichord is at the heart of the festival.
Accademia delle Crete Senesi under the artistic direction of Philippe Herreweghe.
Settimana musicale in Siena, a festival organised by the famous Accademia Chigiana.
Incontri in Terra di Siena, a festival under the artistic direction of Antonio Lysy.