San Casciano dei Bagni is immersed in the colors of the Valdichiana Senese, a countryside that's rich in vineyards and olive groves, sites of artistic interest and charming villages. It's the perfect starting point for discovering one of the most well-known and charming areas of Tuscany.
To the north-west of San Casciano, you'll find the village of Celle di Rigo, whose name potentially derives from "sacred cells" or "wine cells", referring to the caves located below the town that are now used as cellars. Due to its strategic position, this small hamlet has been an important military and trading post over the centuries. In the upper part of the town, you can spot the Torre di Celle, the last remnant of the historic castle keep.
Fonteverde is just a few minutes from San Casciano dei Bagni. The elegant spa and 5-star resort overlooks ravines and green hills. Formed from a Medici portico built in the 17th century by Grand Duke Ferdinando I de 'Medici, it has thermal pools fed by natural springs that rich in therapetuci properties, reaching a surface temperature of 42°C.
Mount Cetona rises to separate the Valdichiana from the Val d’Orcia. At the beginning of the century, the first archaeological research was carried, with the many finds now on display at the Civic Museum for Prehistory of Monte Cetona and the Archaeological Naturalistic Park, where you can also visit the caves that were inhabited in Prehistory, and in subsequent eras by saints and hermits.
Monte Cetona is the ideal place for those who love hiking or biking. From the peak, you can admire a spectacular view of the Val d'Orcia and Monte Amiata on one side, and from Valdichiana up to Perugia on the other.