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Pienza - the cathedral: inside

Bagno Vignoni - The piscina

   Thanks to its privileged position, Hotel il Patriarca is the ideal starting point to many interesting excursions of the area:
Chiusi (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.
Montepulciano (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.
Pienza (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.

Chiusi - Etruscan Museum

Bagno Vignoni (32 km) is a tiny medieval thermal station on a small plateau. The warm sulphurous waters bubble up into a large piscina constructed by the Medici in the charming Piazza.
San Quirico d'Orcia (38 km) is a little medieval town recorded<as early as the 8C on the Via Francigena. In the 13C the peripherical walls were enlarged and several hospices and hospitals were built to accommodate pilgrims on their way to Rome. The Romanesque Collegiata was built in the 12C on the site of a earlier church. Its main entrance is the finest example of a Lombard portal in Sienese territory.
(48 km) is a charming little walled town beautifully situated above vines and olive groves, in a panoramic position overlooking the surrounding countryside. It is famed for its red wine, the remarkably long-lived Brunello, one of the most appreciated Italian wines.
Another important town only 10 km away is Chianciano Terme with its famous spas for the cure of the liver, it is the ideal place for the shopping lovers with plenty of shops and elegant boutiques.

San Quirico d'Orcia - La Collegiata

Montepulciano - Temple of San Biagio


La Foce - Strada di Valloresi

Villa Il Patriarca
Località Querce al Pino
53023 CHIUSI (SI)

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