The Crete Senesi Life Park is a natural area that spreads into the territory of Asciano. It's a "widespread park" characterized by gentle clayey hills where winding dirt roads create curves and interesting shapes.
The park is crossed by numerous paths and marked, linear paths and ring-routes that don't feature any particular hiking difficulties. In some sections, the itineraries cross the historical path of the Via Lauretana near Arbia and the Eroica cycling route.
Of the four main routes, two start in Asciano from where you can immerse yourself in the reliefs of the Crete Senesi and discover the most fascinating places such as the medieval tower of Montalceto and the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. A third itinerary starts from the inhabited centre of Arbia, and a ring-route explores the town of Camposodo before returning to the starting point.
The Accona Desert and the Biancane di Leonina areas are also part of the Life Park, from where the fourth itinerary begins. Walking along the paths that flank the biancane (clayey formations characterized by a barren and bright summit), you can reach the Site Transitoire, a famous open air artwork by Jean-Paul Philippe, taking a small detour.
Crete Senesi Life Park reveals itself in an ever new light, changing its appearance as the seasons change. It's green in spring, barren and harsh in some parts, dazzling under the summer sun, and almost mystical when the winter mist blurs the lines of the horizon.
The itineraries of the park are compiled and presented in this brochure (in Italian): for each route, the distance, level of difficulty and travel time are given.