A Buonconvento about 15 km from San Giovanni d’Asso
Leaving Siena through Porta Romana, after about a mile, you pass on the right the Hospital of Santa Maria in Betlem, now the Institute of Pharmacological Sciences, just before the ring road. At traffic light go to the Via Cassia, and you proceed through the Val d’Arbia, right after the road that leads right into Radi Murlo, is the hill of Malamerenda, on top of which, at the side of the road is visible a complex that once was the hospital said the canal, became widely used as a farm and now you should never stop, because the current owners do not like the presence of tourists. A few miles beyond where it meets Isola d’Arbia, near the end of the country, on the left near the canteen tobacco, is the church of St. Hilary. It has a simple Romanesque facade, decorated with a course in black and white stone arches. After passing the villages of Ponte a Tressa and More di Cuna is the right fork to Cuna, an extraordinary example of a fortified farm. Returning to the Via Cassia is encountered immediately after Monteroni d’Arbia, where the center of the country on the right is the old mill originally belonged to the powerful hospital of S. Maria della Scala, now used as private residences. After about 13 km. we arrive at Buonconvento, still surrounded by walls, which stood at the center of a dense network of shelters. Leaving the country requires a detour that leads to the right, towards Montalcino and Sant’Antimo. The road climbs for about 14 km. to Montalcino and then continues another 10 miles. for the abbey of Sant’Antimo, you must then return to Montalcino and follow the signs to Torrenieri, along the beautiful scenic road that leads to the Via Cassia. A few miles later, the right of the viaduct, you can admire the famous grove of cypress trees on the hill. We are thus on the outskirts of San Quirico d’Orcia, and after about 6 km.in near the bridge over the river Orcia, Bagno Vignoni, was an important spa. About 1 km. before Vignoni Bath, at the fork to Chianciano – Pienza – Monticchiello, you can make a short detour to the left of 4 km. to Spedaletto remarkable fortified very well preserved. Immediately after Bath Vignoni, however, by going right can be reached Rocca d’Orcia and Castiglione d’Orcia, where you can still see examples of the dense system of fortifications in the Middle Ages dotted the Val d’Orcia. Returning on the road, you will continue south, past the junction for Campiglia d’Orcia, you should look on the left at the fork to Chianciano, a striking geological formation, which is exemplary in the area of ??Crete. Paths another 5 km. Meet people left towards Radicofani, which becomes the eleventh century, an important point of reference between the Val d’Orcia and Val di Paglia. The center was the most significant, however, the current Abbadia, always reachable by Cassia going right towards Monte Amiata. The building houses the Abbey of San Salvatore, founded by the Lombards, who controlled much of the territory of Amiata and whose influence was pushed as far south as Acquapendente. From this last place the Via Francigena merges with the Via Cassia in his progress towards Rome, forthcoming.