Thinking about Crete Senesi is like to be under a spell: who has been there continues to dream about it and want to come back as soon as possible. So we suggest periodically events, feasts and festivals which take place in this very special area of Senese province.
On Sunday 5th May you can begin an itinerary going to the S.Isidoro Fair in Arbia, an hamlet of Asciano that borders with Siena and is located between Val d’Arbia and Crete Senesi. Here each alley will host a stand and you can choose a souvenir or a Tuscan specialty. About trekking, an involving acitivity suitable for everyone, the initiative “Sapori delle Crete Senesi” offers an excursion by walk on 12th May in Asciano and Monte Oliveto, with two stages at high quality farmhouses.
The guided tour starts in Asciano at 9:30 am with a 10 km route, a great chance to discover the Medieval monuments of the historical center and the peculiarities of the Crete which are a part of the surrrounding landscape: the calanchi (eroded furrows) and the biancane (whitish round slopes, rich in clay). The biancane were formed by the erosion and have a typical white color due to the rainwater and the salt which leaves a sediment inside; because of the dry seasons the vegetation is almost totally missing so you’ll feel in a sort of desert, a really evocative place different from the others areas of Tuscany rich of greenery.
The calanques are like sharp crests of earth separated by gorges and hills, and are similar to dune and craters, a really charming set. The guided tour of 12th May continues with the visits of Casanova and Saltafabbro farmhouses, where there are a Chianina cattle breed and where you’ll taste the flavored extravirgin olive oil, another specialti made in Crete Senesi.
At 5:00 pm is scheduled a brief course of honey taste with an expert of sensorial analysis, Marco Valentini, who will suggest the matches with the best Senese cheeses; the lesson is free but reservation is required. Some advices about restaurants in Asciano: each Thursday of May there will be a special menu based on the local delicacies and the DOC wines served by sommeliers. The next meetings will be on 9th May at Lo Scudiero Restaurant, and on 16th May at Locanda Amordivino, for additional information you can visit this website www.intoscana.it and download the full program.
Choose Crete for your next holiday in Siena, it will be an exclusive stay different from the usual destinations.