Heart of the white truffle territory of the Crete Senesi and where the Truffle museum is situated, here visitors learn about the noises, aromas, and secrets of this precious tuber. San Giovanni d'Asso is dominated by the castle built between the 12th and 15th century and decorated inside with geometrical frescoes of intense colours. Not distant from here the small Romanic church of S. Pietro Villore. Just out of San Giovanni d'Asso, at 6 km from Fattoria del Colle one can visit Ragnaia. This is a wood where a couple of American artists have created a route which helps to meditate on nature and on man's destiny 8open from 10 am to 12 midday and from 2 to 4 pm.
This was an important agricultural centre on the softer side of the Crete senesi, and it thrived way back in ancient times thanks to its particular and favourable geographical position
Small medieval village still perfectly preserved. Just out of the village, on the road which leads to Montisi, stands the Pieve di Santo Stefano a Cennano, (originally an Etruscan temple, then a Roman temple), built in sandstone half way through the 12th century. Petroio: region of terracotta production. The factories inside the village and on its outskirts sell oil jars, flower vases and other decorated objects. The terracotta museum is a must: oil jars, crockery, varnished basins, barbers ewers, tubs, eaves, hand-warmers, and stoves. A laboratory is being prepared which will enable visitors to work with clay and create terracotta objects, with a little help from the old artisans, (every day from 4 to 7 pm, weekends also from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. - shut on Mondays).
ABBAZIA DI MONTE OLIVETO MAGGIORE
The abbey is 12 Km from the estate and it is possible to visit it every day from 9,30 a.m. to 12 midday and from 3.30 to 6 p.m.