Trequanda’s charm continues in two of its hamlets, Castelmuzio and Petroio, separated from the town only by lush olive groves.
Castelmuzio, with its Etruscan origins, comprises a single street around which are nestled stone houses that become drenched in a beautiful honey colour at sunset. The Confraternity of the Santissima Trinità e di San Bernardino, once a rest stop for pilgrims travelling along the Via Francigena, is an absolute must-visit. Today, the church is home to a Museum of Sacred Art, with artworks by Giovanni di Paolo and Giuliano Traballesi, as well as a reliquary with fragments of Saint Bernardino’s clothing.
There’s also the village of Petroio, where the ruggedness of the brick façades recalls the barren Crete Senesi. The Church of San Giorgio, with its beautiful panoramic position, and the Terracotta Museum are both found here. Historically, terracotta production brought work to the entire town, and today visitors can learn about its techniques and history through an extensive display that also touches upon traditional Sienese craftsmanship. Inside, the museum conserves the Small Tuscany by Rodolfo, a master potter from Petroio who wanted to use terracotta to represent the area’s many towns including Montepulciano, Pienza, Sinalunga, San Gimignano and, of course, Petroio.