Surroundings

SAN QUIRICO AND BAGNO VIGNONI

San Quirico d'Orcia is 35 Km away. It is a well preserved medieval village. One must visit the Collegiata shaped like a Greek cross, built in travertine and decorated with rich 13th century portals. The Horti Leonini are a splendid example of Italian style gardens, dating back to 1580 and created by Diomede Leoni. Along the city walls are contemporary sculptures. Palazzo Chigi has been renovated recently, it was built during the second half of the 17th century at the request of Cardinal Flavio Chigi. At Bagno Vignoni it is possible to visit the only well preserved medieval hot springs. Stone buildings frame the rectangular warm water pool that was used by Santa Caterina da Siena and Lorenzo il Magnifico. At the Hotel Posta Marcucci one can bathe in the outdoor natural warm water pool, and on Thursday mornings in the spa of Bagno Vignoni, there is the possibility of having hydro massage with warm thermal water and mud therapy. In the valley beneath Bagno Vignoni a new park has just been launched the "Parco dei Mulini", where one can visit some old water mills for the production of flour. The location is renowned for its enchanting landscape. It is possible to visit the park freely, for a detailed tour contact the Municipal Tourist Office ( 0577-897211 ), someone will guide you through the renovated structures.