If you don’t know what to do during the Easter holidays, Siena is, as always, a welcoming destination recommended for restful stays but also for excursions in the surrounding area, discovering charming villages, historic churches and landscapes never seen elsewhere as the Crete Senesi.
This year we want to suggest you an itinerary on Easter Monday, 6th April: a trip aboard a steam train to Buonconvento, considered one of the most beautiful towns in Italy according to the association “I borghi più belli d’italia”.
First of all, let’s talk about this special route: choose the means of transport in Tuscany is important, because traveling by train through the Senese countryside let allow to admire the view and to be dragged into a new dimension where time seems to flow more slowly and the days are longer and full of surprises.
The steam train is certainly a romantic ernative to explore the province of Siena, so we recommend booking in advance the trip from Siena to Buonconvento on 6th April, departing at 9:00 am and return at 5:40 pm.
To book please follow this link: www.terresiena.it.
The Nature Train stops are Asciano, San Giovanni d’Asso and Monte Antico.
This route will allow you to enjoy the landscape of Crete Senesi, the Val d’Orcia Park and the hills dotted with vineyards where Brunello di Montalcino is born.
The arrival in Buonconvento, scheduled for 11:50 am, is the main stage of the journey and we are sure will be a good omen for your holiday, due to the meaning of its name, “happy place” in Latin.
The village keeps unered the XIV century style of its street, its squares and the main buildings; furthermore on Easter Monday you can visit the regional Antiques Fair, a must to visit in the afternoon along the streets of center.
The antiques here is the link with the history of the town: you will find rare items, old books, prints and furnishings, an opportunity to get a precious souvenir of this charming land.
During the tour in Buonconvento you can visit two museums dedicated to Sacred Art and sharecropping. The Museo d’Arte Sacra houses works by Senese artists such as Duccio and Pietro Lorenzetti, while the Mezzadria museum is located at Tinaia del Taja and describes the life of the peasants through photos, objects and other statements of the past.
The returning trip to Siena will be the ideal complement of the day, because you’ll have time to stroll through the Contrada alleys or stop in Piazza del Campo until sunset.
You’ll be fulfilled by the beauty of nature and the enchantment of this part of Tuscany.