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Siena:Villa Montarioso lies in a quiet part of this Tuscan town, and is just a short bus ride or car journey from the centre. Siena is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Italy, where just walking along its streets you can still breathe the air from centuries ago, and you'll be enchanted by the beauty of its churches and squares. Siena is a city of strong traditions, first and foremost the Palio, the horse race which takes place twice a year in Piazza del Campo and which for centuries has divided the city into districts known as "Contrade".

Crete Senesi: surrounding the city of the Palio is the area of Crete Senesi, characterized by uninterrupted wheat fields, dotted with small villages, churches, farms and white roads with rows of cypress trees. The area extends to the southeast of Siena and includes the municipalities of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d’Arbia and San Giovanni d’Asso. A must-see is the XIV century Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, the most important monastery in the Siena area. For the tastebuds, there's olive oil and pecorino cheese.

Monteriggioni: a unique and magical place, just a few minutes from Villa Montarioso by car. A medieval castle with the city walls still intact, Monteriggioni is the ideal place to spend a couple of hours relaxing, walking around the town and trying the typical Tuscan cuisine in one of the restaurants overlooking the square.

San Gimignano: just 30 minutes' by car is San Gimignano, whose historic centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and where 72 tower-houses once rose in its heyday, 16 of which remain well preserved today. The historic centre is very lively, with shops and restaurants open every day. Vernaccia, the typical wine of the area, is worth tasting.

Florence: Florence is just 45 minutes by car or by bus from Siena. The capital of the Italian Renaissance offers cultural walks, with its museums, splendid buildings, picturesque views, but also shopping in the beautiful artisan shops and Italian designer fashion stores.

Val d’Orcia: Val D’Orcia, 30 minutes by car and easily recognisable by the landscape of hills and characteristic cypress trees, comprises the southernmost municipalities of Siena Province: Radicofani, Sarteano, Pienza, Montalcino, San Quirico and Castiglione d’Orcia. In the vineyards surrounding Montalcino, the famous Rosso and Brunello wines are produced, and it is possible to visit some of these vineyards. Other places to visit include the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, one of the most important monasteries in Tuscany, the Collegiate Church of San Quirico, and the characteristic city of Pienza, famous for its architecture and for its cheese.

Chianti: the panoramic Chiantigiana road, which joins Siena and Florence, crosses the whole length of the area of Chianti, passing through a myriad of hills dotted with small villages, churches and beautiful farmhouses. The typical products of this area are Chianti wine, Etruscan in origin and famous the world over, olive oil, wood baked bread and Cinta Senese salami. The many eateries and restaurants spread along the road offer typical rural dishes.

Thermal springs: easy to reach within a 50 km radius of Villa Montarioso are historic thermal springs, which can be visited easily alongside the gastronomic and cultural places of interest. In the Crete Senesi area you'll find Rapolano Terme, while in Val d’Orcia there are thermal springs at Bagni San Filippo and Bagno Vignoni.