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Hotel ADLER in Bagno Vignoni
Hotel ADLER Tuscany - for the combination of art, culture and nature in Tuscany
Hotel ADLER THERMAE Tuscany in Bagno Vignoni occupies a dream location at the heart of Tuscany in Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the South of Siena. Bagno Vignoni is just a few minutes by car from the wine-growing centres of Montepulciano and Montalcino, from the Renaissance gem Pienza, from the pretty city of Siena and other cultural and scenic attractions.
a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tuscany
Renaissance architecture, natural idylls and culinary delights – Val d'Orcia, with the communities of San Quirico d'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and Castiglione d'Orcia, is the place for pure holiday pleasures.
On the hills of this picturesque Renaissance landscape, historical villages, castles and monasteries set fascinating architectural accents with world-famous art treasures and gourmet highlights.
The harmonious landscape has often been chosen as the setting for great cinema:
- Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli
- Under the Tuscan
- Nostalghia by Andrej Tarkovskij
- The English Patient
- The Gladiator
- New Moon
magical rolling hills and cultural treasures
In the 14th and 15th centuries, the Gothic style was a symbol of the past, of the Middle Ages, while the Renaissance style stood for the modern view and progress.
Val d'Orcia was transformed into a Renaissance ideal of harmony between form and function. Leading artists of the Sienese school recorded the beauty of this man-made cultural landscape in their paintings, and Val d’Orcia became the landscape icon of the Renaissance.
In 2004 Val d'Orcia was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site for the following reason: “The Orcia Valley is a unique example of the Renaissance that lends outstanding expression to the ideals of an aesthetic landscape.”
Our luxury Spa Hotel is in Bagno Vignoni
The Etruscans and later the aristocratic Romans recognised the curative effects of the waters of Bagno Vignoni. In the Middle Ages, this tiny spa with its long bathing tradition lay on the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage route. Illustrious visitors came to take the waters at the famous bath on the main square of Bagno Vignoni, including the Medici ruler Lorenzo the Magnificent, St. Catarina and Pope Pius II.
The Hotel ADLER Thermae is located in Bagno Vignoni and has revived Bagno Vignoni’s spa tradition as a modern wellbeing centre created with respect for nature.
Via Francigena - a Pilgrim walking trail in Italy
Bagno Vignoni lies on the Via Francigena, one of Europe’s most important medieval pilgrim routes, which in part followed the route of the ancient Via Cassia and connected Rome with Canterbury.
The Via Francigena was a lively path of cultural and linguistic exchange within the Christian world of Northern and Southern Europe, and it is still possible to follow the historical route. The towns and villages situated on it are particularly rich in world-famous treasures of art and architecture.
Bagno Vignoni was popular with pilgrims as a place to rest, with accommodation available in the Ospedale della Scala in San Quirico d'Orcia. The main centre of this, the oldest hospital in the world opposite the cathedral in Siena is now a famous museum. As part of the Way of St James, the Via Francigena became a European Cultural Route in 1994.
home of the Palio & city of art
The Hotel Adler Thermae Tuscany, situated in the countryside near Siena, should definitely be included in your planned excursions.
Siena lies in the heart of Tuscany, and in the heart of Siena lies the enchanting Piazza del Campo with the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia. Siena has the biggest completely preserved medieval city Centre in Europe, with buildings dating back to the 14th century. The Palio di Siena is Italy’s most famous horserace and one of Tuscany’s oldest traditions.
The Hotel Adler Tuscany is the leading 5 star spa and wellness Hotel in the Siena region!
Enjoy a visit at the Piazza del Campo in Siena
The beginnings of the Piazza del Campo can be traced back to 1169 and the development of a plot of land that was originally the site of a livestock market. At the end of the 13th century, it became the seat of the municipal authority.
The Campo was laid out in the shape of a scallop shell with a diameter of 333 metres. The Fonte Gaia was built by Jacopo della Quercia. The bas-reliefs are copies of the originals now kept in the Santa Maria della Scala Museum.
The Del Mangia Tower is 87 metres high and was built to be just as high as the cathedral, although it stands on lower ground. It was named after the first bell ringer, who was known as Mangiaguadagni because of his wastefulness and gluttony.
The PALIO di Siena
Twice a year, the Piazza del Campo is the scene of the Palio, Italy’s most famous horserace, in which the city’s various quarters compete. But the Palio is more than a horserace; it is a symbol of the passion in the soul of a genuine Sienese.
The course comprises three circuits of the square, with the horses raced tightly packed and the jockeys seeking to harass and hinder each other and deal blows left and right. Victory calls for good luck as well as a good jockey, as lots are drawn to assign the jockeys to the various horses shortly before the start of the race.
The Palio lasts several days, with the city decked out in the colours of the various quarters. In the evening, dinner is served in the streets as part of the social function of the Palio.
MONTEPULCIANO noble wine in Southern Tuscany’s Renaissance pearl
From Hotel ADLER THERMAE Tuscany, it takes just a few minutes to drive to Montepulciano, the biggest and most historic town south of Siena, with its world-famous works of art and outstanding Renaissance architecture from the 16th century.
The sights of Montepulciano include the Piazza Grande with paintings from the Sienese School in the Cathedral, the Church of San Biagio, the Palazzo Comunale and numerous Renaissance palaces built for senior Florentine officials. The Hotel ADLER Tuscany is located close to Montepulciano and every week organises wine tours to Montepulciano and wine tasting sessions.
Also the Hotel Adler Tuscany has the best Montepulciano wines in his cellar.
Musical and culinary pleasures of Montepulciano
Montepulciano borders on Val d'Orcia but is actually located in Val di Chiana. The valley has given its name to the Chianina breed of cattle, which has been kept in the area for over two thousand years. It is noted for its excellent, lean, juicy, protein-rich and low-cholesterol beef, which is used for the real Bistecca Fiorentina or Florentine Steak.
“King of Wines” is the accolade given to Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The wine is made with at least 70% Sangiovese grapes and must be left to age for at least two years (3 years for the Riserva), including at least twelve months in wooden barrels.
Montepulciano is also a centre of art and culture, with a focus on classical music. As the home of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, which was founded by the German composer Hans Werner Henze, numerous workshops for young artists are held every summer. In July, the town also offers a varied program of opera, theatre and concerts of classical music.
MONTALCINO Brunello di Montalcino
Montalcino is one of Tuscany’s most popular wine-growing areas and the home of the world-famous Brunello di Montalcino.
As a leading spa hotel, the ADLER Thermae near Montalcino offers the ideal combination of an enjoyable wellbeing holiday and the opportunity to discover Montalcino and the Brunello di Montalcino wine. You can walk or cycle from the Hotel Adler to Montalcino, passing romantic vineyards and attractive unspoiled scenery on the way.
In the town, you can taste the Montalcino wines and visit the fortress, the tower of the Palazzo Comunale, the churches of Sant’Agostino and Sant’Egidio, and the Musei Civico e Diocesano, whose collections include paintings and documents covering the period from 1300 to 1900.The Hotel ADLER nearby Montalcino organises wine tours to Montalcino and wine tasting sessions. Also the Hotel Adler has the best Montalcino wines in his cellar.
World-famous wine cellars
Around 1860, Ferruccio Biondi-Santi began using Sangiovese Grosso, a clone of the traditional Sangiovese grape, to make a red wine which quickly made its mark for quality and longevity and is now world famous as Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.
Strict rules apply to Brunello di Montalcino: The yield per hectare is limited, and the wine has to be left to mature in oak barrels for at least two years and may not be sold until at least five years after the grape harvest (6 in case of the Riserva).
Montalcino has more than 200 wine cellars and many of them offer the beautiful experience of a special tasting directly to the producer.
The Hotel ADLER Thermae offers to the hotel guests the possibility to book wine tours (private or in a group) to the best wineries of Montalcino.
ideal Renaissance city
Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is visible from Hotel Adler Thermae Tuscany.
Originally called Corsignano, Pienza was the place of birth of Pope Pius II, who renamed the town and set about transforming it into an ideal Renaissance town in the ancient tradition. With its outstanding Renaissance architecture, Pienza is considered the first example of humanist urban planning. The work was started by the Florentine architect Bernardo Rossellino in 1459 but was discontinued after the death of Pius II in 1464.The 5 star hotel ADLER Tuscany is the first wellness and spa hotel near Pienza and offers every day guided excursions and sport activities.
PIENZA – UNESCO World Heritage site
At the heart of Pope Pius II’s magnificent project are the trapezoidal square in front of the cathedral on Corso Rossellino, Palazzo Borgia and Palazzo Piccolomini, the papal residence with its elegant Renaissance garden. In the cathedral there are significant works of art from the Sienese School and a marble altar, which is attributed to Rossellino. The Museo Diocesano has works by Il Sodoma and Sano di Pietro as well as Flemish tapestries from the 15th and 16th centuries.
PECORINO di Pienza
Delicious cheeses of Tuscany
In southern Tuscany, cheese-making from sheep’s milk goes back to the Etruscans. Pecorino cheese from Pienza is noted for its excellent taste.
Local gourmets like to taste the countless variants of Pecorino with honey or jam. This is a Tuscan tradition that goes back to 1719, when cheese was served with jam at a carnival banquet.At the Hotel Adler Tuscany, every day you will find a big selectoin of the best Pecorino di Pienza in the open air hotel restaurant.
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San Quirico d'Orcia
For your travel to Tuscany, San Quirico d'Orcia is worth a visit. This ancient hamlet is probably of Etruscan origin. It has an interesting collegiate church (Collegiata) with three different portals. From the main square of the village you can enter the Horti Leonini. This split-level Renaissance garden was laid out on the inside of the village walls by Diomede Leoni in 1580 and has retained its original layout to the present day.
As a stopping point on the Via Francigena, the main medieval pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome, San Quirico d’Orcia also had a hospital, which was built by the Sienese Ospedale della Scala in the 13th century. In the courtyard there is a 15th century well.The Hotel Adler Tuscany is situated near San Quirico d'Orcia.
Ten kilometres from Montalcino, concealed in a picturesque little valley with cypress trees and hundred-year-old olive trees, and surrounded by vineyards of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and Sant’Antimo DOC, lies the abbey of Sant’Antimo, an exceedingly fine example of sacred architecture in the Romanesque style.
According to legend, the first church on the site, whose remains can still be seen in the apse as it exists today, was built by Charlemagne in 781. He hoped to please God with the construction of the church so that He would put an end to the epidemic which was afflicting his retinue and had caused him to make in unplanned stop and set up a temporary camp in Montalcino on his way to Rome.
Since 1992, a community of French monks living in accordance with the Rule of St. Augustine have been caring for this architectural gem and have revived the centuries-old tradition of Gregorian chants, which they intone for seven services and masses a day.
Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore
This picturesque Benedictine Abbey houses splendid works of art. It is the motherhouse of the Olivetan order, which was founded in 1313. The monastery comprises various buildings, which were constructed between 1300 and 1700. The impressive frescoes on the vaults of the Great Cloister are the work of Luca Signorelli and Antonio Bazzi aka Il Sodoma.
This tiny village, which formerly formed part of the municipality of Pienza, is still surrounded by its medieval walls. It is one of the finest examples of the architectural heritage of the Republic of Siena. The magnificent panoramic views from Monticchiello take in practically the whole of the park of the Orcia Valley.
In winter, the local people have a tradition of writing their own plays, which they then perform themselves in their Teatro Povero (Poor Theatre) on the Piazza San Martino. Before and after the performances, the audience is invited to an evening meal with traditional local dishes prepared by the ladies of Monticchiello and served in the old granary under the church. The Teatro Povero has made a big success due to the quality and originality of the performances (in Italian only).
Like other fortified villages in the area, Rocca d’Orcia was a product of the Via Francigena. Rocca d’Orcia offers not only splendid views on Bagno Vignoni and Montalcino but also a journey into the past, as the village has maintained its medieval aspect until today.
There are hardly any new buildings, and many of the streets still have their old cobbles. Together with the neighboring village of Castiglione d’Orcia and the castle of Torre di Tentennano between the two villages, Rocca belonged to the Abbey of San Salvatore on Monte Amiata and the big and powerful family of Aldobrandeschi, but the latter had to cede their possession to Siena.