In a short time you can move from the miniature town of Pienza, which is one of Italy's most picturesque villages and famous for its excellent cheese - to the spa town of Chianciano Terme, to the popular and historic town of Montalcino with some of Italy's best wines. Then there is the old mining town of Abbadia San Salvatore with a medieval magic, and so much more.
If you take the time to travel further south, you will discover the unspoilt nature and natural beauty of many forests in this region and appreciate the splendour of the spectacular, now extinct volcano Monte Amiata, the second highest volcano in Italy. Monte Amiata last erupted about 180,000 years ago and continues to fuel many thermal springs (terme) around its base, including the hot water bathing centres of Bagno Vignoni, San Casciano dei Bagni and Bagno S. Filippo.
Of course we must not forget that this region is the home of the wine villages Montepulciano and Montalcino. Located 20km south of Montalcino in the Val d'Orcia region and certainly worth is a visit is Peinza, the ancient Renaissance village. A creation of the great humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini, that later became Pope Pius II, the village is widely known as the 'Ideal city of Renaissance'
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