What to do in Cosona
Discovering art and history with Ilaria, professional tourist guide
The area is rich in history, monuments and natural sights.
Pienza, the Ideal Town conceived by Pope Pius II in 1459, is a World Heritage Site protected by UNESCO, as is the entire Val d’Orcia.
Don’t miss a visit to Montepulciano and Montalcino, as well as to the less famous villages of Monticchiello, Montisi, Trequanda, Radicofani and Castiglion d’Orcia.
Siena and Arezzo, two magnificent towns, are only 1 hour’s drive away.
The splendid gardens of Villa La Foce and the esoteric Parco della Ragnaia, near San Giovanni d’Asso, are not too far from Cosona.
Upon reservation, Ilaria, professional tourist guide, will be glad to accompany you along tailor-made itineraries.
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Hiking and cycling through the paths of Val d’Orcia
The fields and woods around Cosona are ideal for peaceful walks, as are the gravel roads for an old-fashioned style cycling experience, along the renowned ‘Eroica’ course.
Parts of the Via Francigena can be covered on foot, walking through small villages such as Buonconvento, San Quirico d’Orcia and Bagno Vignoni.
Great for skiing in winter and walking at high altitudes in summer, Mount Amiata (1739 m. high) can be reached in a bit more than half an hour by car.
Upon request, we can propose you a mountain-bike & E-bike door-to-door service, as well as trek itineraries with a professional nature and interpretive guide. We suggest you to provide your own trek shoes. We can arrange Vespa tours for the vintage lovers, as well as a fantastic ballooning experience for the romantic ones.
Back to spirituality: in a monastery or practicing yoga
For art and religious itineraries we suggest a visit to the abbeys of Sant’Antimo (near Montalcino) and of Monteoliveto Maggiore (Asciano). Only 4 km far from Cosona lies the Monastery of Sant’Anna in Camprena, with the frescos of the famous painter Sodoma. In a bit more than 1-hour drive, you can reach the evocative Cistercian abbey of San Galgano. For yoga lovers, we can organize open air lessons with professional teachers either in the garden or in the panoramic Cosona courtyard.
Thermal baths relax
The area boasts many Spas: Bagno Vignoni, Rapolano, Chianciano Terme, San Casciano dei Bagni and Bagni San Filippo are renowned for specific therapeutic effects. We advise you to bring your own swimsuit, slippers and bathrobe.
Tasting local products in the farms or directly at your place
There are many wine cellars where you can taste the famous red wines of the area: the Brunello di Montalcino, the Nobile di Montepulciano, as well as, the Orcia and the Chianti. The Pienza area is famous for pecorino cheese, the Val d’Orcia for ‘pici’ (pasta), and the Crete senesi for white truffles. Local extra virgin olive oil and cold meats have also labels that guarantee their origin and quality. We can reserve visits and tastings in the surrounding farms or wineries. During your stay, we can also arrange for you a private dinner or a cooking class with a local chef who will teach you excellent traditional Tuscan recipes.