Walking & Trekking in Tuscany | Through the woods to Castiglioncello Bandini

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Surroundings
 
From Podere Santa Pia through the woods to Castiglioncello Bandini [1]

       
   
   
   

Originally an 18th-century agricultural workers dwelling home, Podere Santa Pia is a simply furnished and rustic holiday home surrounded by a backdrop of hills. The horizons are open and the look is lost in rural Tuscany, through beautiful vineyards, olive groves and the wild and untamed macchia mediterranea, a completely natural vegetation, wonderful for walking and exploring.

The unspoiled landscape surrounding Podere Santa Pia is its most truly memorable feature, and a walk to the nearby borgo Castiglioncello Bandini is a pleasant stroll through the woods, although it can be rather hot coming back on the dirt road during the summer months.

In the village of Castiglioncello Bandini, the main sights are the medieval castle Castiglion del Torto, the fortified home of the Aldobrandeschi family, the Chiesa del Madonnino.
The Aldobrandeschi were an Italian noble family from southern Tuscany. The possession extended to what is now southern Tuscany and northern Lazio regions of Italy. The most famous members were Guglielmo Aldobrandeschi, who lived in the 13th century and is cited by Dante Alighieri as the Gran Tosco ("Grand Tuscan"), and Pope Gregory VII.

The Chiesa del Madonnino was built during the 17th century. In the twentieth century, the plaque in memory of the fallen was placed on the front facade outside the church.

In front of the Chiesa del Madonnino, one finds the osteria La Rosa Dei Venti, serving outstanding pizze on Saturday. A good place to stop for a beer or coffee. Great coffee and friendly service. 

 

Lenghth: 6 km, 1 hour 55 minutes

Easy | 227 m upwards, 227 m downwards

Download gpx tracks | Through-the-woods-to-castiglioncello-bandini.gpx

Restaurants in Castiglioncello Bandini | LA ROSA DEI VENTI Castiglioncello Bandini


Starting Point, the cypresses of Podere Santa Pia

 

   
   

Podere Santa Pia, il giardino, punto di partenza. Insieme ai vigneti e agli uliveti, i cipressi sono l'elemento simbolo del paesaggio toscano.
#poderesantapia


 
   

Directions following gpx tracks or on the map above

 

1 - Turn left. Walking straight leads directly to Castiglioncello Bandini.

2 - A nice view on Podere Santa Pia and the surrounding valley. The unspoiled landscape surrounding Podere Santa Pia is its most truly memorable feature.

3 - At the T-cross, turn right. Going straight would lead you to Podere Chiusa.

4 - Turn right, uphill. Continuing left and downhill leads you to a small lake.

5 - Turn right, steep uphill. Walking straight leads you to Podere Molino and Podere Capraia, and further on to the cemetery of Castiglioncello Bandini.

6 - Nice views of Tuscan landscape

7 - Continue left. [Turning right leads you to Podere Osteria and is a shortcut of this itinerary. Walk around the farmhouse where sheppard's live and walk down to the right, in the direction of Podere Santa Pia and La Dimora, Podere Santa Margherita.]
So turn left, and when you reach an asphalt road, turn right and walk steeply uphill. After a short climb, you reach the Chiesa del Madonnino and the Osteria La Rosa dei venti, where they serve great coffee and Italian beer.
We continue on the Via del Madonnino, in the direction of the castle, in the corner of this ‘piazza’ you will find a source to take fresh water.
Beyond the Chiesa di San Nicola, you can walk down the stairs, continue to the right, walking around the castle.

8 - Fonte, a source with drinkable water. Here you can take fresh water.
Follow the road on your right, entering the village.

In the corner (to your right upwards, behind the fonte) we can enter the heart of this authentic borgo. On he small square, the Piazza Salustio Bandini, we find the Chiesa di San Nicola and enjoy wonderful views over the Ombrone and Orcia valleys.

Beyond the Chiesa di San Nicola, you can walk down the stairs, there the walk proceeds in a clockwise direction around the castle.

9 - Castle in Castiglioncello Bandini, Castiglion del Torto. This medieval castle was the fortified home of the Aldobrandeschi family.
The Aldobrandeschi were an Italian noble family from southern Tuscany. The possession extended to what is now southern Tuscany and northern Lazio regions of Italy. The most famous members were Guglielmo Aldobrandeschi, who lived in the 13th century and is cited by Dante Alighieri as the Gran Tosco ("Grand Tuscan"), and Pope Gregory VII.

Later, the castle was owned by the Bandini family, hence the name of the piazza. Sallustio Bandini (19 April 1677 – 8 June 1760) was an Italian archdeacon, economist, and politician. He was an advocate of free trade and removal of local feudal tariffs and tolls. He wrote an influential piece on this subject, titled ‘Discorso Economico sopra la Maremma di Siena’, published posthumously in 1775.

10 - Instead of following the road, we walk straight ahead. We walk along pasture fields, olive groves, along with a small house on the right, until we can see Podere Santa Pia on our right. There we cross the hill towards Podere Santa Pia, hidden between olive and oak trees. A beautiful view on this holiday resort and its grounds open up.

11- Here we hit the road again. Turn right for a final short stretch towards Podere Santa Pia.

 

Album Sovana, Sovana Photo Gallery

Castiglioncello Bandini album

 

 

   
  Chiesa di San Nicola Castiglioncello Bandini (GR)   Sallustio bandini

Castiglioncello Bandini, castello  Castiglion del Torto 

 

 

La chiesa di San Nicola, Castiglioncello Bandini

 

 

Detail of the statue of Sallustio Bandini, opera by Tito Sarrocchi on the Piazza Salimbeni, Siena

 

 
Celebrare il dolce far niente
  Bee hive in the garden

La Chiesa del Madonnino in Castiglioncello Bandini

 

  Celebrare il dolce far niente

  The first bee hive in the gardenof Podere Santa Pia?
  Colline sotto Podere Santa Pia

 
Cinigiano, view from Castiglioncello Bandini
 

Hills below Podere Santa Pia, Castiglioncello Bandini

 

 

  Castello Colle Massari

Walking in southern Tuscany | Itineraries exploring Castiglioncello Bandini and the Mediterranean macchia in the valleys around the village

Brief itinerary exploring the Mediterranean macchia and calanchi in the valley between Podere Santa Pia and Cinigiano

Circular Trail | Starting Point, the cypresses of Podere Santa Pia

Lenghth: 3,85 km, 1 hour 20 minutes

Easy, except for the track halfway

Through the woods to Castiglioncello Bandini

Starting Point, the cypresses of Podere Santa Pia or the Castle of Castiglioncello Bandini

Lenghth: 6 km, 1 hour 55 minutes

Easy | 227 m upwards, 227 m downwards

From Podere Santa Pia (Castiglioncello Bandini) to Cinigiano

Lenghth: 8,34 km

Easy

Hiking along the Rancioa riverbed, in the hidden valleys below Castiglioncello Bandini

Circular Trail | Starting Point, the cypresses of Podere Santa Pia

Lenghth: 4,42 km, 1 hour 31 minutes

Easy, except for the essential part of the track beyond Podere Federano, where you reach and follow the Rancioa riverbed


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