Excursion to Monteriggioni and Cherry Dinner
Nested on a natural hillock about 12 miles (20 km) from Siena, Monteriggioni is undoubtedly one of the most classical, well preserved and best known medieval walled towns. Even the Italian poet Dante Alighieri mentions his 'round enclosure' in the Divine Comedy (Hell, chant XXXI vv. 40-41). The town was built by the Senesis in the 13th century and its ideal position allowed them to control the Elsa and Staggia Valleys in the direction of Florence, the historic enemy of Siena, that at that time was rapidly expanding its territory. The walls, nearly intact, cover a length of 570 meters and are alternated by 14 towers and two gates, the Senese Gate and the Florence Gate. Recently a part of the wall walk of the town walls has been restored and made accessible. From the top of the walled circuit, it is possible to admire the surrounding Chianti countryside. After the visit let us spoil you with a delicious 4-course dinner, including unlimited drinks, in a traditional family owned agriturismo (farmhouse). Taste locally produced wines, Italian antipasti, home made pasta and discover exactly what cherries have to do with all of this...?
Approximate value: 54 EUR per person
The Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore Followed by Dinner
The imposing Arch Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore has been built thanks to the initiative of Bernardo Tolomei (1272-1348), a man of God who embraced the rule of St. Benedict order. Together with a Olivetan Benedictine Monk visit the Church constructed between 1400 and 1417 in Romanesque-Gothic style, see the crypt used by the Community for liturgical celebration in winter, the Library and the Cloister with its 35 large frescoes depicting the life of St. Benedict. In the herbalist shops you can find locally produced tea, soaps, oils and organic juices. After the visit, drive to a nearby Trattoria where you will be served a tasty 3-course dinner based on local specialties. Local wine is included and Buon Appetito!
Approximate value: 58 EUR per person