Siena Nature and Wildlife Tours
S. Galgano and the sword in the stone
Through the beautiful wooded hills of the River Merse, walking along an ancient transhumance road between the Apennines and the Maremma region, we get to the imposing and very suggestive ruins of a Gothic- Cistercian abbey which stands amidst wheat fields. Once we have visited the famous church ” without a roof ” and the remains of the adjoining abbey we will climb up to the hermitage of Monte Siepi which for the last 900 years has guarded the sword which S. Galgano
planted in the stone.
Difficulty: simple excursion of naturalistic, historical and artistic interest.
Duration : half-day
Extension: It is possible to combine this tour with an excursion to the Abbey of S. Antimo to spend an unforgettable full day in medieval religious Tuscany.
From Montalcino to S. Antimo: The stone that sings
We leave Montalcino and take a downhill path going through a characteristic medieval village and then a thick wood suddenly coming to the evocative abbey of S. Antimo which is set in a fairytale landscape. The surprising brightness together with a Romanesque design make this structure unique. Once inside we shall be enshrouded by the overwhelming melody of a Gregorian chant performed by the monks during one of their moments of prayer.
Extension: It is possible to visit the Abbey of S. Galgano on the same day to live an unforgettable all-absorbing experience in the medieval religious Tuscany.
From Buonconvento to Monte Oliveto: le Crete senesi
From the fortified village of Buonconvento, stonghold of the old Via Francigena, we slowly make our way through the ongoing cycle of changing colours, a maze of white and greyish hues which are “Crete Senesi”.In this mystic and inspiring setting we can enjoy spectacular views from the erosion furrows. Once at the picturesque village of Chiusure, we take a small downhill slope which will lead us to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Monte Oliveto.