Nature and Landscape in Tuscany
Agriturismo Castello di Spedaletto suggests you what to see in Val d'Orcia, itineraries and tips for your holiday in Tuscany.
The Itinerary "Nature and Landscape" is designed for those traveling by car or better in motorbike, quite challenging for cyclists, but depend on your exercise. The route stretches for about 64 km between natural beauty, natural hot spring water surrounded by woods and mountain villages.
Departure and return from our farm Spedaletto Castle, after the map is available.
Here is the itinerary:
1) QUERCIA DELLE CHECCHE:
Just started, you immediately find the first surprise, the Oak of "Checche", A monumental tree which takes its name from a village. (the term "checca" or "cecca", in Tuscany indicates the magpie.) The mighty tree has an age of about 360 years, is up more than 22 meters, the perimeter of the trunk measures about 4, 5 meters and the hair reaches more than 34 meters in diameter.
History has seen protagonist this tree centenary on several occasions such as during World War II where he provided shelter for the ammunition of partisans. The tree is also known as "Oak of the Witches", according to legend, it was once a meeting place for witches during their rituals.
2) RISERVA NATURALE DI LUCCIOLABELLA:
Continuing you encounter a natural protected area, inserted in the last "outposts" of eastern "Crete Senesi", and has all the elements of the typical campaign Val d'Orcia countryside.
The typical gullies are the protagonists of the landscape. From the farm that gives its name to the reserve, you can admire the Mount Cetona, Mount Amiata, Pienza, Monticchiello, Castiglione d 'Orcia and Radicofani. Half of our itinerary, we continue.
3) BAGNI SAN FILIPPO:
A small spa town at the foot of Mount Amiata, historically known for its water, Bagni San Filippo is the ideal stopover for a relaxing bath surrounded by nature. The Fosso Bianco will be the place you not be able to forget, a stream in the woods at the confluence of several hot water springs in a succession of "pools" natural pools where you can take a bath all year around and admire the particular limestone formations with their suggestive shapes. The area is reached by a road above the village and across a picturesque walking path surrounded by green woods you get to the pools, accompanied by the sound of the water.
Continuing through the last stage will arrive in Radicofani built on a hill almost 900 meters high. Worth visiting the fortress which for centuries has been one of the most important strongholds in Italy, built in '200. The tower of the fortress is visible from tens of kilometers and from its terrace you can admire a vast panorama.
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