The Sienese Crete are located in the south-east of the Siena area, and includes the towns of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d’Arbia, Rapolano Terme, San Giovanni d’Asso and Trequanda, all in the province of Siena.Il name “Crete Senesi” Its derived from clay, or clay in the soil, giving the landscape the characteristic bluish-grey color and appearance often described as “lunar landscape.” The clay is mixed with rock salt and gypsum, called mattaione, which represents the sediments of the Pliocene sea that covered the area between 2.5 and 4.5 million years ago.The landscapes are, very scenic and unique, it is characterized with gently rolling hills, enriched by lonely oak and cypress trees, with isolated farms on top of hills, stretches of forest in the valleys, the famous “fontoni” that collect rain water.
Typical conformations of the land are the gullies, crags and biancane. In the territory of the Crete Senesi there is a natural forest where there are many squirrels and typical dwarf (mute duck call also “dwarf” in Tuscany). The best hostel is certainly that of San Gimignano, founded on the initiative of San Bernardo Tolomei, in the thirteenth secolo.The area is known for the production of the white truffle that grows in Crete and hosts a festival and a museum dedicated to the “Diamond of Crete” well recommended. Places to stop at Pienza, San Giovanni d’Asso, Asciano.