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Trekking in Crete Senesi

In the south-west of Siena, in the upper basin of the Ombrone, there is a wide territorial strip characterised by the presence of innumerable minuscule summits of white or yellowish clay. It is the region of Crete Senesi: a constantly changing landscape in the alternating succession of the seasons, thanks to incessant erosive phenomena. These hills become green in spring due to the recent wheat seedings and grow purple in summer with flowering dense sulla clover. There is no photographer, film- amateur, or wandering artist who has not been intrigued by the erosion furrows and Jura limestone.

 In the last years, a new tourism approach, slower and more sustainable, far from the mass has encouraged in our area the wish of recovering old paths and ancient ways. Easy and medium difficulty paths which permit to be still in contact with the nature, such as our four proposals below.

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Itinerary 2 - Ring of Montalceto

Frequency: every Saturday

Route: Montalceto hill

Duration: 2h

Meeting point: h9.00 Poggio Pinci

Difficulty: medium-easy

Km: 5km

Altitude difference: 180m

Price per person: €20, children under 18 €15

Minimum pax: 8

The price includes: excursion to the tower of Montalceto and the church that recalls the legend of Saint Albert, touching the Etruscan necropolis of Poggio Pinci.

Languages: Italian-English

 

Itinerary 3 - A walk among the “calanchi” (badlands)

Frequency: every Thursday

Route: Chiusure - Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Duration: 3h and 30m

Meeting point: 9.00 am Monte Oliveto parking lot

Difficulty: easy

Km: 6

Altitude difference: 200m

Price per pax € 35: children under 18 € 20

The price includes: environmental hiking guide assistance during the trek, guided tours of Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Optional: lunch at the Torre di Monte Oliveto Maggiore during  the visit restaurant (first course, second course, sweet water and ¼ house wine) € 30.

Languages: Italian-English-Spanish-French for guided tours, Italian-English during the trek.

The guided tour takes place in a maximum of two languages ​​chosen by the first people who book

 

 

Itinerary 6 - Sunset on the Crete, the “biancane” of Leonina

Frequency: every Wednesday

Route: Leonina, Vescona, San Martino in Grania

Duration: 2h

Meeting point: 7.00pm June-July, 6.30pm August, 6.00pm September, 5.30pm October at the beginning of the Strada di Leonina

Difficulty: medium-easy

Km: 6

Altitude difference: 130m

Price per pax: €20, children under 18 €15

The price includes: environmental hiking guide assistance during the trek

Languages: Italian-English

 

Itinerary 1 - Travertine and Lauretana

Frequency: every Friday

Route: Asciano - Serre - Asciano

Duration: 7h

Meeting point: h09.00 Asciano parking lot via delle Fonti

Difficulty: medium-easy

Km: 17

Altitude difference: 300m

Price per pax: € 40, children under 18 € 25

The price includes: hiking guide assistance during the trek. Guided tours of Asciano and Serre di Rapolano, light lunch with fresh and seasonal food.

Languages: Italian-English-Spanish-French for guided tours, Italian-English during the trek.

The guided tour takes place in a maximum of two languages ​​chosen by the first people who book

 

All tours take place with the assistance of an environmental hiking guide certified by the Tuscany Region pursuant to LR86 / 2016 and related insurance coverage. Guided tours take placet with a licensed Tourist Guide.
!! You need trekking shoes and clothing suitable for the seasonal climate. Bag with packed lunch and at least 2 liters of water. Recommended hat, dried fruit, trekking sticks