Like hawks set to attack, we prepare for the Senese Aretina from "the balcony of falconry" in South Maremma, the town of Montepescali, a lovely fort town which is even more famous during the Boar and Tortelli festival in August. From the Vecchia Aurelia, after two turns to the left, we head out onto the SS73 which goes straight for more than 10km. A major fork in the road breaks up the monotony. To the left is Sticciano: this curvy road climbs to the north western slope of Monte Leoni and reaches the town and church of Santa Mustiola. A lovely road lined with sea pines reminds us we are still in Maremma.
At km11, the ride suddenly becomes more exciting. Surrounded by typical Mediterranean flora, we head off towards Civitella Paganico. The road climbs and turns, and gets ever more interesting, and the countryside, too, becomes fascinating. At the 43rd parallel there's a sign that indicates an intersection. Go to the left for the Giugnano monastery and crypt; to the right for the Siena hinterland. Roccastrada is straight ahead, just a few accelerations away: and there you will find a medieval town which provides the perfect break.
The road goes down but the corners of the driver's mouth turns up in a smile. Curve and counter-curves follow each other in continuation. Sassofortino waves to us, but not even an invitation to the Chestnut festival at the end of October can interrupt the pleasure of driving. The province changes: SP157-SP73bis and the road descends. There's the monument to the victims of the massacre of Monte Cuoio by the Fascist Nazis, and we stop for a moment of reflection. At km 42 a large statue in the shape of a pecorino cheese makes us smile. Monticiano is the next town on the road where you can see the contemporary artwork of Roberto Ciulli, at km 45.