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Finding out the Crete Senesi in Tuscany.

The Crete Senesi

The Crete senesi refers to an area to the south of Siena, in Tuscany. It consists of a range of undulating hills and woods and includes the towns of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d'Arbia, Rapolano Terme, Trequanda and San Siovanni d'Asso.

It has grey-coloured soil that gives the landscape an appearance often described as barren and lunar. The Crete Senesi area offers dramatic breathtaking scenery and consist of some clay rocky hills, results of a Pliocene sea.

The Crete Senesi often appears in postcards as a typical tuscan countryside with some hills where you can spot some scattered farms with cypresses or oaks: it's a part of Tuscany which has been attracting thousands of tourists and painters thanks to its charming landascape.

The most remarkable builiding of this area is the Monte Oliveto Maggioree Abbey (XIIIth century) in Asciano and tourists can also spend a relaxing stay in nearby Rapolano Terme (spa town)