30 January 2024

Tenuta Maryamado and its surroundings: The Via Romea Sanese

Tuscany is our land – it’s one of patrons, writers, poets, and the birthplace of flavours and aromas that have elevated Italian cuisine to global acclaim. Nestled in a particularly fertile corner of Tuscany, Tenuta Maryamado is dedicated to crafting two extraordinary treasures: exquisite red wines and extra virgin olive oil.


These two agricultural marvels are the heartbeat of this region where gravel roads cut through vine rows arranged in intricate geometric patterns, rolling green hills cradle picturesque olive groves, and the countryside is dotted with homes surrounded by the purest form of nature.


These natural wonders are meant to be experienced, admired, and, perhaps most delightfully, savoured through a unique itinerary that follows the "Via Romea Sanese." This journey connects Florence to Siena, traversing the renowned vineyards of Chianti. Following the footsteps of a historic pilgrimage, this route unites two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the grand historic centres of our region.

First Stop: San Casciano in Val di Pesa and Tenuta Maryamado

As we depart from Florence and head toward Siena, we immediately encounter charming villages and captivating landscapes. During this time of year, one can fully immerse themselves in the winter atmosphere that gracefully cloaks the gentle hills with a poetic mist. Situated just a few kilometres from Florence, San Casciano Val di Pesa has a rich history dating back to Roman times, when it served as a rest stop and a crucial military outpost to safeguard the cradle of the Renaissance.


Tenuta Maryamado is nestled not far from this historical backdrop, amidst rolling hills, olive groves, and flourishing greenery that echo bygone eras. The estate spans over 200 hectares and features expansive woodlands, both classical and modern-style gardens, 30 hectares of vineyards, 5,000 olive trees, and agricultural plots for cultivating grains and medicinal plants. Rooted in the legacy of the historic Villa di Lucignano, the estate maintains a profound connection to the land and its heritage. A meticulous restoration and regeneration process is currently underway, addressing both the natural environment and the structures on the property, with the aim of reviving this modest yet significant part of Tuscany to its original grandeur. This represents a novel perspective of nature, striving to safeguard the cultural heritage of the region for generations to come while championing the production of exceptional local products.

Second Stop: Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo

After being enchanted by Tenuta Maryamado and savouring San Casciano's local delights (from wine and extra virgin olive oil to cured meats, cheeses, and confections), we move to the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo in Passignano. Dating back to the 10th century, the Abbey emanates an evocative atmosphere and timeless allure. Meanwhile, the mediaeval village retains its historical charm with cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings, offering captivating views of the countryside adorned with vineyards and olive orchards. It's a place seemingly unaffected by the passage of time, recounting a life marked by the cadence of seasons, prayer, and the art of enjoying the good life.

Third Stop: Castellina in Chianti and Siena

Castellina in Chianti is a town steeped in the rich tapestry of wine and tradition. It has served for centuries as a pivotal rest stop on the route to Rome, marking the juncture between the Sienese and Florentine landscapes. From here, pilgrims, moving at a leisurely pace, would traverse rolling vineyards, olive groves, and gentle hills—making their way through Sagna to Basciano before finally entering the ancient walls of Siena. The picturesque contrade, the captivating Piazza del Campo, the historic Palazzo Pubblico, and the iconic Torre del Mangia stand as testaments to the unique character of Siena. Meandering through the narrow cobblestone streets of the historic centre offers a captivating immersion into centuries of history and tradition. A long stroll, with your gaze directed upwards, culminates in the original endpoint of the ancient Via Romea Sanese—the Basilica di San Francesco—where Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles seamlessly merge.

Our itinerary concludes here, and is now easily accessible by car. Yet, seek to envision it as pilgrims once did, traversing the distance on foot from Florence to Siena. Between March and October, this is an ideal route for leisurely walks and trekking, providing an opportunity to savour nature, partake in outdoor activities, and pause at various points along the historic Via Romea Sanese.


Credits photo header & #1: @anghifoto on Adobe Stock.

Credits photo #2: Camilla Santolini

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