to its privileged position, Hotel il Patriarca is the ideal
starting point to many interesting excursions of the area:
(5km) was an Etruscan town of great importance, as can be
seen from the finds in its intersting museum and the vast
Etruscan necropolis, which surrounds the town.
(20 km) is a dignified and interesting town on a hilltop commanding
the SE part of Tuscany and Umbria. It is called Pearl
of the Renaissance for its many Xvi century buildings
and for the Tempio di San Biagio , one of the
great churches of the High Renaissance. It is noted for the
red wines, the most famous being the Vino Nobile.
(30 km) is a charming little Renaissance town, the birthplace
of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, aftwards Pius II. Piazza
Pio II, laid out by Bernardo Rossellini, is a remarkable
example of Renaissance town planning. The Duomo
has an interesting Classical façade in Istrian stone.
To the right of the Duomo is Palazzo Piccolomini,
it shows the influence of Alberti's Palazzo Rucellai in Florence.
- Etruscan Museum