The Crete Senesi Landscapes
The evocative lunar landscapes surroundings Siena. Similar to the Orcia valley (same clay soils), these are the natural extensions to the Northeast, but more dramatic and solemn and less visited. A real must for a landscape photographer.
"Creta" in Tuscan dialect is a synonym of clay, which, when modeled by the seasons and by farming ploughs, constantly change shape to form the badlands, crags, and the "biancane", charatheristic white clay formations in little dome-shapes. This fascinating sense of eternal transiency renders unique and surprising this "Open Sea" (as famously described by Sienese poet Mario Luzi) just few steps from Siena.
In the Leonina and Mucigliani areas the waves of Crete recall that of the Orcia valley (except for the deeper valleys and higher hills). In the surroundings of Chiusure and Monte Oliveto abbey the landscape becomes rougher and wilder, with deep cliffs that turn orange in the golden hour.
Only by car, through scenic unpaved roads (so called "strade bianche")
Max 4 people
Lenght of the tour: more than 3 hours moving from Siena and surroundings
Cost of tour: 150 € (cost per tour, not per person)
Meeting point directly at your hotel
At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your hotel