Podere Le Manzinaie is a perfect base for daily trips in Southern Tuscany and Umbria.
In this landscapes and colours crossing, absolutely lost elsewhere, is located this marginal land, where every village is at the same time history and legend, and where the nature - sometimes wild-looking, other times very sweet - attract and touch you.
Thanks to its central position, within an easy drive, you can explore the area all around, admiring the wonderful Tuscan countryside and visiting medieval villages set between the typical sweet hills, such as:
Cortona, (at just 20 minutes driving away) became more famous for the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Here it’s possible to find many precious antiques and art pieces, plus beautiful local craftsmanship. The city subsequently became Umbrian, then Etruscan and Roman, and then in 1200, it became a free Commune under Uguccio Casali. The medieval history of Cortona ended with the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. There are more than 2000 years of history found in Cortona, which makes it one of the most unique and fascinating cities in central Italy.
Siena, characterized by its little medieval streets that spread around Piazza del Campo square, which has been defined as “the most beautiful square of the world”. The Duomo of Siena is one of Italy’s amazing cathedral dressed by marmoreal whites and black bands, according to the architectural style of the beautiful Gothic. Also famous for the Palio race, who takes place every 2nd July and 16th of August. It consists in a horses race in Piazza del Campo square, among 10 of the 17 ‘Contrade’ (= districts of Siena).
Firenze, rich of art and architecture, often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, it has also been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the XV° century, it came under the rule of the Medici family, who later became the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. This, in fact, was the period when the city was at the height of its glory in art and culture, in politics and economic power. Florence is also easy reachable by train from our property, for day trips.
Roma, centre of the Roman Empire and heart of the Catholic Christianity, is characterized by the ancient ruins, such as the Colosseum and the Forum, the amazing monuments, museums, fountains and churches, the Renaissance palaces and baroque buildings. Its historical center is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The town is also easy reachable by train for day trips.
Assisi, one of the most popular destinations for Christian People because of the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order and St. Clare, the founder of the Poor Clares. The town stands on Subasio Mount and it dominates the green Umbrian region.
Perugia, the capital city of the Umbria region, is a splendid artistic town with beautiful buildings and monuments, it is a famous University town too. The city hosts a chocolate festival every October and it's not far away from the town of Deruta, famous for its artistic pottery.
Montalcino, Romanesque-Gothic town, located in the Val d’Orcia valley (area designated a UNESCO protected heritage environment), and particularly known for its red wine Brunello of Montalcino which is considered one among the best Italian wines.
Orvieto, is located on an enormous tufaceous rock surrounded by an extensive region of hill country. The Cathedral, Duomo, is a masterpiece of the Italian gothic architecture, in fact the facade is decorated by many bas-reliefs and sculptures. Another attraction is St. Patrick’s well, a formidable piece of engineering, which has two concentric spiral staircases, independent of each other and non-communicating.
Pienza, which was the residence of Pope PIO II, is now adopted home of the famous “pecorino” cheese. The village lies in the middle of the Val d’Orcia Valley, in South of Tuscany. During the fifteen century, Pope Pio II, who was born there, wanted to turn that fortified medieval village into a small city. The fabric of the city widened following a regular, urban plan, where the longitudinal street or Corso Rossellino, which linked up the two main gate assumed a prevailing importance.
Montepulciano, just 10 km away from the farmhouse, known as “The pearl of the 16th century” because of its several architectural features dating back to renaissance time, and for its red wine “Nobile di Montepulciano” that is famous all over the world.
Of Etruscan origins, is located on a hill among two valleys: the verdant Valdichiana and the Val d’Orcia Valley, and just for that, visiting it you’ll be unexpected glimpses witness of breath-taking views.