A Strategic Location in Tuscany

Siena House is located in the ‘sweet hills’ of the Val di Chiana, just in front of the Orcia Chiana Ridge, a zone of hills & hilltop villages dividing the Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia.  Malvin scoured Tuscany for many full summers, seeking a beautiful property, in idyllic setting and strategic location in Tuscany.  He wanted a beautiful setting to spend time at – also a conveniently located base to explore from. We are surrounded by great visits including many little towns that remain authentic and so far relatively ‘off the beaten path’.

The Orcia Chiana Ridge as seen from Siena House.

An Italian friend whom he met in London gave him this tip ‘Close to Sinalunga, the countryside is beautiful, the tourists haven’t made it there just yet – and the North South motorway for Florence and Rome is a few minutes away’.  Thus he based himself here whilst searching – but the search also concluded here.  In this area there’s a concentration of ancient hilltop villages both well known and sleepy and authentic such that you can tour several whole days and not see them all.  At this point we are also at a hub point for 3 major wine areas – Chianti Classico, Nobile di Montepulciano, Orcia – and Brunello di Montalcino. This is a strategic location in Tuscany and a great base to explore from.

Our zone photographed from Sinalunga – the house is masked by medieval hamlet ‘L’Amorosa’.

Malvin spent 10 years scouring Tuscany and Umbria before buying here.  He was looking for a characterful house, in a typical Tuscan landscape, idyllic in it’s environs yet within easy reach of a host of key visits: gorgeous Tuscan hill towns, wineries, Abbeys, great drives and chic cities. Real Tuscany, if you like – close to key Tuscan sights and yet in a cognoscenti local area where you can still eat out a good prices in restaurants full of Italian diners.  The province of Siena is a good choice as the countryside here is so beautiful and indeed some of the most photographed parts of Tuscany are within the province of Siena.  

Siena City on Palio Day

Siena is a province as well as a city – the capital city is named Siena – or Sienna.  Although we’re part of the Commune of TORRITA DI SIENA – Little Tower of Siena although we are closer to Sinalunga, a very authentic medieval hill town in the Orcia Chiana Ridge.   From the garden at Siena House we can see 7 medieval hill towns, including the well known Cortona and Montepulciano, the previously mentioned ‘lost in time’ old town of Sinalunga – and the lesser known double walled Lucignano.  Many well known visits – including Pienza – are well within half an hour’s drive and Siena City is about 35 minutes away.  Read about our favourite visits at this link:  Places We Love

Sinalunga Old Town seen from Siena House

Sinalunga seen from the Siena House garden.

Florence is one hour North (without traffic delays) and Rome is 2 hours South (ditto) It’s a 10 minute drive to the motorway. This location has been an important stop for North-South travelers for centuries, and has a very interesting history but international tourism has not really arrived in number yet.  Here at this location we’re also not too far from the province of Arezzo, including some gorgeous Chianti towns well worth visiting.

Image showing the olive oil producing hill town of Petroio in the Orcia Chiana Ridge

Petroio, olive oil village in the Orcia Chiana Ridge.

It’s easy to spend 5-7 days in this area exploring and our average stay with returning guests is 5/+ nights. From here you can get deep into UMBRIA with a 45 /+ minute drive. PERUGIA (airport and city) the capital of Umbria is about an hour away. You can get deep into CHIANTI in an hour (it begins at 20 mins away) or to SAN GIMIGNANO or ASSISI travelling by car for about 80 minutes. You could get to VOLTERRA in an hour and a half. PISA & LUCCA are just over 2 hours. ORVIETO one hour.  A day trip to FLORENCE (just over an hour away) is certainly not out of the question, either.

If you’re wondering where to base yourself, and seeking a strategic location in Tuscany to relax at and tour from, this is a great spot.