What to do

Not to be missed are some of the most beautiful towns and villages in Tuscany.

Pienza, the city of Father Pio II (Papa Pio II); Monticchiello, a small village where traditional comedies are re-enacted during August; Montalcino, very famous for its excellent Brunello wine; Bagno Vignoni, a small thermal place very well known for its hot water baths (pool open also during winter); Siena, where the "Palio" takes place twice a year (2 July and 16 August) which consists of a horse race in the main square; at just 20 km away you can visit lake Trasimeno.

In Montepulciano, famous not only for the wine tasting of "Vino Nobile" but also for a lot of things to see. You can walk up to the top, to the Town Hall and main square "Piazza Grande" where Brav├Čo delle Botti (a barrel race) takes place the last Sunday in August, when the competitors have to push a barrel uphill. The city is divided into "contradas" each with their own history, colours and costumes.

August is an especially exciting time to witness their displays.