With an easy walk of about 15 minutes, from Borgo tra gli Olivi, you reach the castle of Montecchio Vesponi which stands on a hill overlooking the underlying town of Montecchio and the entire Valdichiana. Thanks to its excellent state of conservation it is to be considered the most interesting medieval fortress in the Arezzo area and among the most beautiful in all of Tuscany. Even today it is equipped with a crenellated walls punctuated by towers that stretches for 263 meters, with a magnificent keep to the side of which rises a slender square tower about thirty meters that makes it easy to spot from the surrounding area .
At the end of the fourteenth century, the castle became the home of the famous captain of fortune John Hawkwood, better known by the Italian name of Giovanni Acuto. The castle is now a private residence.
In 5 minutes from the Borgo tra gli Olivi you can visit a village of ancient origin, assiduously frequented first by the Etruscans and then in Roman times, which preserves almost intact its medieval walls dominated by the Cassero. Visit the Civic Archaeological and Underground Archaeological Excavation Museum: located inside Palazzo Pretorio and the Municipal Art Gallery.
The Vasari loggia in front of the Town Hall is a real architectural balcony from which to look out to enjoy the panorama of the Val di Chio, between the Valdichiana and Valtiberina.
In 10 minutes by car from Borgo tra gli Olivi you can reach what is the main cultural and tourist center of the Val di Chiana of Arezzo. One of the most beautiful villages in Italy! Absolutely to visit for its beauty and its raised position, thanks to which you can admire the panorama over the Val di Chiana.
Both inside and outside the historic center of Cortona, you will find small jewels of rare beauty rich in history, with typical Tuscan architecture.
A city absolutely to visit just 25 minutes by car from Borgo tra gli Olivi, known worldwide as the city of the Giostra del Saracino, of fashion, of gold, of Francesco Petrarca and of Guido Monaco, inventor of musical notation, it was home to the oldest university of Tuscany, and one of the first in Europe. Absolutely not to be missed are the frescoes by Piero della Francesca placed in the church of San Francesco and the Christ by Cimabue placed in the church of San Domenico.
Piazza Grande, Palazzo dei tribunali and Palazzo della Fraternità dei Laici.
Just 30 minutes by car from Borgo tra gli Olivi towards Perugia you can take a walk on the shores of the largest lake in central Italy, fourth among the Italian lakes, and have an ice cream while admiring the beauty of Castiglion del lago.
View from the Castello del Leone, Castiglion del Lago.
Heading towards Siena from the Borgo tra gli Olivi, in 40 minutes you can visit this unique village with elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, splendid squares and small hidden corners. Furthermore, from Montepulciano you can enjoy a fabulous and boundless panorama over the Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana.
Perched on the top of a hill, not far from Siena, Montepulciano is a medieval town of rare beauty that certainly deserves to be visited!
Just 40 minutes from Borgo tra gli Olivi you can reach Rapolano. Apparently harsh land, as the villages scattered around the rough and clayey Crete Senesi appear, but which hides a warm heart, consisting of its thermal waters, which flow from the subsoil full of beneficial properties
The Crete Senesi are the setting for your relaxing days, giving you unforgettable sunsets and well-being for the body and spirit.
In less than an hour from the Borgo tra gli Olivi you reach this city rich in history and monuments. Cultural, productive and business center of the region, it is known as an international tourist destination as well as a city of chocolate. The University of Perugia (1308), the main Umbrian university, is one of the oldest in Italy and in the world.
It is also home to the second oldest academy in Italy, the Pietro Vannucci Academy of Fine Arts (1570), as well as home to one of the very first public libraries, the Augusta Library (1592).
Just an hour's drive from Borgo tra gli Olivi you can immerse yourself in medieval castles, sinuous hills, ancient villages, beautiful farmhouses, isolated farmhouses, avenues of cypresses, fabulous vineyards and olive groves, and gold-colored wheat fields: they are just some of the elements that make up the fantastic and harmonious landscapes of the Valdorcia!
Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, San Quirico d’Orcia are just some of the beautiful villages that can be visited.
Montalcino, which has become rich and famous thanks to Brunello, one of the best Italian wines and one of the most popular in the world, is just an hour's drive from Borgo tra gli Olivi. But Montalcino is not just wine, it is also art and culture. The historic center is dominated by the mighty Rocca, a fortress built in 1361 as if to mark the passage of the city under the dominion of Siena. The view from the ramparts of the fortress is truly spectacular.
Nearby, absolutely not to be missed, is a visit to the ancient abbey of Sant’Antimo.
Driving for an hour from the Borgo tra gli Olivi towards Perugia you arrive in Assisi. It is the birthplace of San Francesco. The basilica of San Francesco is an imposing church on 2 levels consecrated in 1253. The 13th century frescoes depicting the life of San Francesco have been attributed, among others, to Giotto and Cimabue.
The city of Assisi is located on the north-western side of Mount Subasio, in a moderately raised position with respect to the northern Umbrian Valley.
One hour away from Borgo tra gli Olivi, discover Siena with its huge historical, artistic and landscape heritage and its substantial stylistic unity of medieval street furniture, as well as the famous Palio. Siena stands out for its medieval brick buildings.
Piazza del Campo, the central square with a characteristic fan shape, is home to the Palazzo Pubblico (the Gothic-style town hall) and the Torre del Mangia.
An unmissable destination an hour and a half away from the Borgo tra gli Olivi. Florence is universally recognized as a city of art, with an inestimable heritage of architecture, paintings, sculptures, historical and scientific memories, which form the fabric of the city, as in a pulsating widespread museum. The heart of Florence is Piazza della Signoria, with the majestic Palazzo Vecchio, with the gallery of sculptural masterpieces in the Loggia dei Lanzi and the nearby Uffizi Gallery, one of the most renowned art museums in the world.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, known as the Duomo of Florence, is the main Florentine church, symbol of the city.