The ideal itinerary for discovering the beauty of the Val di Merse Taste Trail crosses through each of the four municipalities in this area.
The route begins in Sovicille to visit the Etruscan tombs, medieval villages, Romanesque churches and castles found in this rural area. The territory offers visitors the chance to discover places at a slow pace surrounded by an extraordinary setting that has conserved the variety of landscape typical of Tuscany: olive groves interrupted only by vineyards and forests of oak, chestnut, cypress and hornbeam trees. This is the perfect environment for rearing the cinta senese in the wild, a native pig breed that has existed since at least the Middle Ages and depicted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in his fresco Effects of Good Government in the Country inside the town hall in Siena.
In Chiusdino, we can find a symbol of Tuscany: the Abby of San Galgano, a magical and evocative building that attracts dozens of tourists every day, enthralled by the story of the “sword in the stone” in the nearby Montesiepi Hermitage.
The Church of Sant’Agostino in Monticiano, another stop on our itinerary, conserves exquisite decorations and frescoes attributed to Guidoccio Cozzarelli and followers of the Sienese school of Sassetta and Taddeo di Bartolo.
Murlo, with its ancient past narrated through the Etruscan settlements, is the end of our itinerary. Make sure to visit the Etruscan Museum, while hiking enthusiasts can hop on the old mining railway, now a trail.