Bagno Vignoni

The ancient village of Bagno Vignoni is located in the Val d’Orcia Natural Park. Thanks to the Via Francigena (which was the main route followed by pilgrims in antiquity who went to Rome), these thermal waters were found and have been used since Roman times. At the heart of the village is the “Square of sources”, namely a rectangular tank, of 16th-century origin, which contains the original source of water that comes from the underground aquifer of volcanic origins.

Montalcino

The hill upon which Montalcino sits has probably been settled since Etruscan times and is first mentioned in historical documents in 814 AD. The town takes its name from a variety of oak trees that once covered the terrain. The very high site of the town offers stunning views over the Asso, Ombrone and Arbia valleys of Tuscany, dotted with silvery olive orchards, vineyards, fields and villages. The lower slopes of the Montalcino hill itself are dominated by highly productive vines and olive orchards.

Pienza

Pienza was rebuilt from a village called Corsignano, which was the birthplace (1405) of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, a Renaissance humanist born into an exiled Sienese family, who later became Pope Pius II. Once he became Pope, he had the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance town. Intended as a retreat from Rome, it represents the first application of humanist urban planning concepts, creating an impetus for planning that was adopted in other Italian cities and eventually spread to other European centers.

Montepulciano

According to the legend, Montepulciano was founded by the Etruscan King Lars Porsena of Chiusi; recent findings prove that a settlement was already in existence in the 4th-3rd centuries BC. In Roman times it was the seat of a garrison guarding the main roads of the area. Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink. Renowned for its pork, cheese, “pici” pasta, lentils, and honey, it is known world-wide for its wine. Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile among Italy’s best.

The Orcia Valley

The Orcia Valley hangs high between two mountains like a bowl of blue clay. On the other side of the mountains the land falls down to the sea or to deep valleys. Air in the bowl whirls with harder temperatures than those in any part of Central Italy, rains fall outside the rim of the bowl and bad weather circles around it. It’s best to make wine in climatic strangeness. He who arrives in pristine and deserted Val d’Orcia will find powerful images that rise from the forces of the place. A winemaker courts these images for years without completely understanding them. Meanwhile, he is transmitting a completely original style to his wines.

Florence

Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscan region and birthplace of the Renaissance, is home to masterpieces of art and architecture. One of its most iconic sites is the Florence Cathedral, with its terra-cotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and bell tower designed by Giotto. The Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David,” while the Uffizi Gallery exhibits preeminent works such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”

Cetona

Cetona – 7km from Tenuta Aiola. Some of the oldest human settlements of central Italy were discovered at the base of Monte Cetona, such as the early neo-Paleolithic Gosto cave (40–80th century BC) and Lattaia cave (9–10th century BC). The Belverde park hosts 25 prehistoric and Bronze Age caves, such as the San Francesco cave. There are several sites of Etruscan finds.

Fonteverde SPA

Nestled in the countryside in a Medicean residence dating from the 17th century, this polished spa hotel is 15km from Tenuta Aiola. Fonteverde Spa Centre, is a multi-functional complex with the most up-to-date thermal treatments, a holistic centre and beauty centre. Mineral spring spa water and mud treatments are employed for toning, contouring and relaxing the body. These are particularly effective as the treatments are composed of a rich concentration of mineral elements, which create a sense of wellbeing. Bathing in thermal waters has a delicate peeling effect on the skin which regenerates and moisturises it, making it smooth and radiant.

Wine Tasting

Tenuta Del Trinoro – (Direct Neighbour). The award winning winery owned by Baron Andrea Franchetti, at the foot of Monte Amiata.