A small village of mediaeval origins surrounded by the vast Crete Senesi
Corso Matteotti 124, Asciano (Siena)
Tel. +39 0577 714450 +39 348 0847875
In the heart of the Crete Senesi region, surrounded by breathtaking views, lies Asciano, an ancient Etruscan centre that enjoyed a golden age in mediaeval times. It is a treasure-trove of art and history, with its monuments and two famous museums: the Museo Palazzo Corboli and the Museo Cassioli.
The first has three floors of displays and houses a rich collection of work organised into two sections, Sacred Art and Archaeology. The Museo Cassioli is dedicated to nineteenth-century Sienese art and allows you to feel the magic of the world of the Accademia d’Arte and the studios of the major artists of the period.
The historic centre is the start of many of the routes of the Crete Senesi Life Park , created to let you enjoy the fascination of this unique countryside to the full.
Hidden among the hills, between Leonina and Mucigliani, is the Site Transitoire, a sculpture created by the French artist Jean-Paul Philippe, which produces a stunning effect at sunset on the summer solstice. You can reach the site by bike or on a pleasant walk and it’s a must-see if you’re in the Asciano area.
You will also find the Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore (Great Abbey of the Mount of Olives) set among the scenic ravines, a place designed for contemplation and self-discovery.
These unforgettable gullies also dominate the Via Lauretana, travelled by artists, merchants and pilgrims towards the Santa Casa di Loreto (the Holy Family’s House).