Besides the popular sights of the area (Etruscan to Renaissance period), picturesque small towns such as Siena, San Gimignano or Orvieto, there are also less well-known (and less overcrowded) places, e.g. Santa Fiora, Montalcino o Santa Fiora to be discovered.
Other sculpture gardens are of interest suggesting to compare them to the “Giardino”. The subject of the relationship between art and nature can be studied in historical gardens (Parco dei Mostri – Bomarzo) as well as in modern parks (Fattoria di Celle – San Tomato or
Tarot Garden by Niki de St. Phalle, who, being the second wife of Jean Tinguely, was closely linked to the Nouveaux Réalistes, the famous group which was founded among others by Arman, Jean Tinguely and Daniel Spoerri.
Another garden in the region of Pistoia:
Direction of Rome, after Orvieto there is the classical
garden (mannerism) by Vicino Orsini:
The monastery San Antimo (diretion of Montalcino)
The small village of Santa Fiora with its church “La Pieve delle Sante Flora e Lucilla” which hosts ceramic works by della Robbia
Because of its volcanic origin the Monte Amiata region has many thermal springs, among which are Saturnia, Petriolo and the Bagni di San Filippo. The open-air basin at Bagno Vignoni is well-known to cinema lovers who remember an impressive scene from the film “Nostalghia” by Andrej Tarkovskij in which a beautiful red-haired young woman carries a candle while wading slowly through the water.
The monastery Abbazia SS Salvatore (founded around
750) was of utmost spiritual importance in the Middle Ages.