vacanza-buonconventoA charming medieval village enclosed in a sturdy wall of the fourteenth century, Buonconvento is located on the Via Francigena. With its name from Latin, "bonus conventus" that means happy and lucky place, it remained almost unchanged for centuries. It houses three important museums of our area: the Museum of Sacred Art of the Val d'Arbia, with works from the churches of the Val d'Arbia from major artists of the Sienese tradition, such as Duccio, Lorenzetti, Andrea di Bartolo and others, the Museum of Mezzadria, which aims to tell the world of sharecropping with photographs, objects, tools, and more original material, the Oratory of the Confraternity of Mercy, located along the main street of the village.



Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore

monte-oliveto-maggiore-abbaziaIn the heart of the Crete Senesi, the imposing Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore offers the traveler a green oasis among the cypress trees leading to the monastery. The Abbey reflects the classical setting of the Benedictine monasteries. All the rooms are painted with works of great artistic interest, the cloister is completely painted in the vaults, with frescoes on the life of St. Benedict by Luca Signorelli and by the Sodoma. The Abbey was founded in 1313 by San Bernardo Tolomei, a law professor from one of the most powerful families of the ancient Siena. The Abbey had always a great importance in the Sienese territory, due to its agricultural estates until the Val d'Asso. The monks produce even today, with ancient techniques, potions, herbs, liqueurs, creams as well as an excellent honey and a good olive oil.

The Sienese Crete

crete-senesi-calanchiThe Crete Senesi are one of the most unique and interesting area in Tuscany. Located southwest of Siena, it's a characteristic hilly landscape bare of vegetation, where gullies and creeks alternate suggestively and, at times, it's an almost lunar landscape. During the Middle Ages, this area was known as the Desert of Accona, and thousands of pilgrims crossed on their way to Rome along the Via Francigena. Even today these areas are full of churches, abbeys and inns built for their reception.

The Via Francigena

via-francigena-agriturismoThe Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome is a historical itinerary, a highway once traveled by thousands of pilgrims traveling to Rome. This street is one of the most significant evidence of the communication network in the European Middle Ages, confirming the importance of pilgrimage that was to be completed mainly on foot (for penitential reasons) with a distance of about 25 km a day. The pilgrims did not travel alone but in groups, and these pilgrimage routes were at the same time place of intense trading and routes for armies on the move.

The presence of these pathways has allowed an exceptional exchange and mixture of signs, emblems, cultures and languages of the Christian West, forging the cultural, artistic, economic and political basis of modern Europe. As the great poet J.W. Goethe said: "the conscience of Europe was born on the streets of the pilgrimage."




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Buonconvento, Monte Oliveto Abbey, the Sienese Crete, the Via Francigena, and a few steps away the beautiful and unique Valdorcia

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