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Cornate and Fosini Natural Reserve

Located between Siena and Grosseto

879 hectares: Near Radicondoli and Montieri (Grosseto district)

The Cornate a Fosini Nature Reserve is just west of the town of Chiusino and to the east of the Metallifere hills. It includes one of the only mountainous territories in southern Tuscany and is where the river Cecina originates from. The protected area sits between the districts of Siena and Grosseto and its borders run along the Cornate ridge (1066m altitude) and Poggio Mutti (808m altitude). To the north the reserve edges along the foot of the hills on which the suggestive Fosini Castle is perched.

There are many grass species on the rocky peaks of the Cornate mountains and rich woodland on their slopes. Many species of grasses and plants grow in areas of the reserve which used to be used as grazing pastures and several rare plants and flowers such as the rock splitting carnations, beautiful yellow violets and Etruscan violets can be found. The reserve also provides the perfect environment for the exceptionally rare peregrine falcon and lanner falcon. These birds of prey find rich pickings among the reserve’s rocky outcrops and vast open areas.
Home to monuments such as the Compagnia di San Galgano Church and the Lenzi stately homes
The city is home to San Sebastian Church, Miralduolo Castle, Compagnia di San Galgano Church and the Lenzi stately homes. Before the town existed, the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria stood on the same site, built in 1004. The town slowly grew on a nearby hill top ridge and quickly became an important strategic point in the area. ...