The time of the year which follows the beginning of winter is absolutely unique in Valdichiana Senese. The hamlets are stripped of their Christmas decorations, the arrival of the fog offers unusual scenarios and the days begin to lengthen again, bringing us the promise of spring. A winter trip to the Valdichiana Senese offers an opportunity not to be missed: the traveler becomes a local and the journey becomes an opportunity to get to know the territory in its most authentic version.
During the winter season, the villages of the Valdichiana Senese are at their most essential. Wandering through the narrow streets of the historic centres, you cannot fail to make interesting encounters with the inhabitants who live there day after day, who will be able to give you information and direct you towards the most hidden corners, to be admired in complete tranquillity. And, if a downpour should surprise you, you can take refuge in the city museums, whose archaeological finds and works of art retain their charm unchanged from season to season. All information on opening hours can be found here.
Food and wine in the Valdichiana Senese are a must for every season, and winter is no different. If lunches and dinners are an opportunity to meet and chat throughout the year, during these months even the preparation of the meal becomes a moment of conviviality. Gather around a table with a housewife, with the fireplace lit in the background, and learn how to "appiciare" (i.e. prepare the pici): when you finally sit down to taste your pasta, you will have known the essence of the Valdichiana Senese.
For those who love wine, winter is the season of previews. In February, the Vino Nobile Preview attracts not only the inhabitants of the area to Montepulciano, but also professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world.
In winter, the landscapes of the Valdichiana Senese take on a particular charm. The vegetation is less thick and the colors are less brilliant, but wait for the fog to set and you will find yourself enchanted by extremely suggestive scenarios. The countryside becomes a white sea, from which towers, small villages, religious buildings emerge here and there.
The panoramic terrace going up towards the fortress in Cetona, a romantic shot on Lake Chiusi, the view of San Biagio from the terrace of San Francesco in Montepulciano and the charming viewpoint in the small village of Castelmuzio (Trequanda) are just some of our suggestions for the perfect picture to capture your trip.
A trip in winter is often an opportunity to relax; one escapes the summer chaos in search of peace and less crowded places. The spas are a must for anyone who decides to go on holiday in the winter time: the warmth of the thermal waters and the calming power of the wellness treatments are the most suitable recipe for dedicating time to oneself and rediscovering harmony. In Valdichiana Senese, there are three thermal springs: Chianciano, Montepulciano and San Casciano dei Bagni.