The weekend starts at Siena, with our faces turned towards the Crete Senesi, and takes us to Ascanio, right in their heartland. The journey crosses one of Tuscany’s most impressive landscapes, almost lunar in its aspect, in which you can see geological peculiarities like the Calanchi, deep grooves that rivers have sculpted in the land, and the Biancane, gentle white craters which testify to an ancient seabed formed many geological eras ago.
Asciano’s must-visits include the Palazzo Corboli Museum and the Cassioli Museum, two treasuries of the town’s rich and surprising artistic heritage. Before getting going again, you should not miss a traditional lunch, ideally of Pici, the local pasta that resembles thick spaghetti, and the highly prized White Truffle of the Crete Senesi.
The afternoon is completely given over to health and wellbeing at Rapolano Terme. The curative properties of the hot waters and steam that emerge from the subsoil have been noted for centuries, so much so that Giuseppe Garibaldi repaired here in order to heal the wounds he had sustained at the Battle of Aspromonte. You can enjoy a relaxing day in one of two spa complexes: Terme Antica Querciolaia and Terme San Giovanni.