Experience the Valdichiana

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As a cradle of ancient cultural, food and wine traditions, the Valdichiana is not just a valley, but a real lifestyle.

Authenticity and folklore are the ingredients that characterize this outstanding territory, capable of fascinating even the toughest of souls thanks to historical re-enactments, peasant feasts, artistic initiatives and flavors that recall the Tuscan agricultural spirit.

The culinary experiences from Valdichiana

Home of fine food and vintage wine, the Valdichiana boasts one of the most appreciated food and wine traditions in Italy.

In the villages and towns of the valley it is still possible to find restaurants and trattorias where the typical products are cooked in the manner of old-school housewives, in the frame of a territory that still smells like wheat, vineyards and olive oil.

The famous Chianina steak

The Chianina steak is the very symbol of the valley, as well as one of the most representative dishes of the entire area, to be combined with the famous Syrah from Cortona and the red wines from Montepulciano.

The flavours of the ancient cuisine also come to life thanks to rustic recipes such us handmade pici all'aglione, the well-known porchetta of Monte San Savino, the Cinta Senese cold cuts and the painstaking processing of pecorino cheese.

The folklore of the Valdichiana

The folklore - found in the magic of festivals and the charm of re-enactments - is the soul of villages and towns in the Valdichiana, with a calendar full of events suitable for all ages all year round.

Every weekend it is possible to discover a different aspect of the Valdichiana, through historical events, festival dedicated to typical products and peasant traditional re-enactments.

From the Carnival of Foiano - whose first traces date back to 1539 - to the Donkey Palio in Torrita di Siena; from the explosion of colors of the Maggiolata Lucignanese to the Giostra dell'Archidado of Cortona, including other events spread throughout the territory, such as the Maggio Castiglionese, the Valley of the White Giant of Bettolle and several art exhibitions and music festivals.

The Valdichiana is also the valley of handicrafts and antique fairs, that make it a lively territory with a unique personality.