Roccalbegno’s surroundings also merit exploration. The hamlet of Cana, which has retained some of its medieval appearance, is home to a beautiful cistern from the Medici era. In Vallerona, just before the hamlet, head for the Church of St. Pio I and a neoclassical fountain.
The Monte Amiata area is spectacular for nature lovers, who can venture south along the rough track next to the river Albegna. The first section, roughly 3 kilometers, can be done by car or mountain bike, then you’ll need to continue on foot along the exposed gravel river bed. Poplars and willows take the place of oaks and broom, and you don’t have to try too hard to see numerous species of birds such as the blackbird and kingfisher.
The WWF Oasis of Bosco Rocconi, whose fauna holds great ornithological importance, faces onto the river and is home to rare birds of prey like the harrier eagle, the hobby, the sparrow-hawk and the lanner.
On the river Albegna’s left riverbank is the Piscinella Nature Reserve, which protects the southern slopes of the Monte Labbro limestone complex, while the northern slopes are part of the Provincial Nature Reserve of Monte Labbro. The Reserve is characterised by its high biodiversity due to its woods, shrubs, limestone cliffs, springs, pools and ravines. Inside, centuries-old trees of extraordinary size and beauty stand tall and a humid environment has been recreated to protect some animal species.
Near Roccalbegna is Triana, an impressive castle that passed from the Aldobrandeschi to the Piccolomini of Siena in 1388. The castle is formed of two imposing buildings and an impressive keep that is mostly covered in ivy.