Like it or not, summer is coming to an end. The shorter days and the sudden rains tell us so. But in Valdichiana Senese, the weeks that accompany us towards the end of the warm season are full of suggestions.
All over Tuscany, the last days of August bring with them the awaited moment of the harvest. After months of hard work, vine growers meet in the vineyards to start the grape harvest and thus set in motion the production process for the new vintages. The grape harvest is an authentic gathering, which, if you are travelling, is an opportunity to learn more about viticulture, as well as about the local communities. And for those who, rather than participating personally in the harvest, prefer a more traditional tasting, in Montepulciano, between cellars in the countryside and in the historic center, there is only an embarrassment of choice.
If excursions into nature retain their charm even in autumn, it is true that summer temperatures make it more pleasant to explore even places with a harsher climate, such as Monte Cetona in the south of the Valdichiana Senese (whose peak exceeds 1,100 meters above sea level). For those who, rather than hiking, prefer more relaxed physical activities, Lake Chiusi becomes the perfect setting for a yoga class that puts body and spirit back in harmony with nature; here, in recent weeks, you can still enjoy an incredible sunset, which seems to "set fire" to the lake. And if you are looking for breathtaking views, but you very much enjoy adventure, you could take one last look at the yellow hills of the Valdichiana Senese on board a roaring quad.
The rich calendar of events in Valdichiana Senese continues to offer opportunities to discover the area in a different way. Music, nature, folklore, food and wine: there are many reasons to explore the villages of this corner of Tuscany and let yourself be carried away by the enthusiasm of the local communities, who make these events reality. You will meet emerging bands and artists, traditional dishes and hidden beauties, which often remain unknown to travellers.