school is in southern Tuscany ,
in the picturesque Orcia Valley in the province
Uncovering the past
Tuscany borders on Latium and Umbria to the south and
is one of the oldest historical regions of Europe. The Italian
language and culture have their
roots here. Based at our school you can discover every historical
era, from the Etruscans and Romans ,
to castles and monasteries of the Middle Ages ,
the Gothic art of Siena and the Renaissance in
Pienza. The Roman road Via Cassia is still
used today, and you can walk the Via Francigena ,
built in the Middle Ages, towards Rome. Both roads will take
you to Monte Amiata , situated 20 km to
the south, an extinct volcano and now a
paradise for walkers and mushroom-pickers ,
and in winter for skiers. Below the mountain
y ou can also relax at the thermal baths of Bagni
San Filippo and Bagno Vignoni .
Natural and culinary delights
familiar features of southern Tuscany are of course the tall
cypresses and ubiquitous olive trees, which give a high-quality
oil. In contrast, the Crete senesi give
the area around Pienza a special character. The barren hills,
in places resembling a moonscape, are home to only large
herds of grazing sheep. The local Pecorino (sheep's
cheese) gets its particular flavour from the herbs and grasses
that grow here.
For anybody who likes to see art in a natural setting we can recommend the Italian gardens of the Origo family in La Foce, the Horti Leonini in San Quirico, Daniel Spoerri's sculpture park in Seggiano and the Giardino dei Tarocchi of Niki de Saint Phalle in Capalbio-Garavicchio.
And the wines of Brunello, Nobile, Chianti? Like the regional cuisine, these are waiting to be discovered when you arrive in Orcia Valley.
“Agriturismo Sant'Anna in Camprena” (former
Benedictine monastery, 10 minutes walk from the school).
and hotels in Pienza and accommodation
with families, arranged by us to suit your requirements.
Rome airport: regular fast trains to Chiusi-Chianiano Terme
station. From there, take a bus or taxi (information about
timetables and prices on request)
Florence airport: bus to the main station and from there:
direct bus to Pienza
Siena railway station: direct bus to Pienza or by train to
Buonconvento and further connections by bus or taxi
the A1 motorway: take the Bettolle-Sinalunga exit if you
are coming from Florence or the Chiusi exit if you are coming