The Surrounding Area

Visit the best places near our Relais


The nearest town to Relais La Costa is Monteriggioni, a medieval village located just a few minutes from our residence. This is a must see on your historic trail, with its castle dating from the 13th century, a majestic and fascinating fortress that takes visitors on an adventurous journey through time.

Every year, the town holds the festival “Monteriggioni di torri si corona” (Monteriggioni is crowned with towers) to celebrate the origins of this unique place. For a few days, jugglers, acrobats, artisans and other typical medieval characters put on a truly convincing show, thanks also to the town’s ancient walls and streets which have magically remained in excellent condition over the centuries.

Stroll along the walkways of the town walls, the panoramic view overlooking Chianti will leave you speechless! It is not by chance that Monteriggioni is frequently chosen as a set for films and adverts; this highly evocative place is able to inspire artists and any soul sensitive to beauty.

San Gimignano

If you choose to follow the Via Francigena – the historic route that crosses a part of Tuscany down to Rome, currently attracting more and more travellers from all over the world – stopping in San Gimignano on the way towards Siena is a must. This ancient village stands out for its architectural style and its 16 medieval towers shaping the town’s skyline, a feature that has made San Gimignano a UNESCO World Heritage site.

During your visit to this charming town, we recommend tasting the Vernaccia, one of the world’s finest white wines and the first Italian wine to receive the DOC label in 1966.


The City of the Palio is the perfect fulfilment of a trip to discover the area’s points of excellence. Siena is located just a few miles from Monteriggioni and Relais La Costa, so you can choose to visit the city at your leisure and stroll through the streets and alleys, admiring the masterpieces of the Opera del Duomo and making a stop at the heart of the city, in Piazza del Campo, which twice a year becomes the stage for the Palio di Siena.

Yet the city has plenty of events all through the year: you can take part in guided tours in historical cellars, see handicraft markets in the squares, theatrical performances and concerts, art exhibitions and events dedicated to local specialities. Art, tradition and supreme-quality food and wine are the basic ingredients of your visit to Siena, enjoy its exclusivity without passing up a revitalising stay at our charming residence.


The Chianti area spans across the hilly area between Florence, Siena and Arezzo, although the original part belongs to the province of Siena, bordered by the towns of Gaiole, Radda and Castellina. A visit to Chianti is an unmissable experience for lovers of authenticity, and Relais La Costa is an ideal starting point to visit the whole area.

The landscape varies from the seemingly endless expanses of vineyards and olive groves to the parish churches and villages that have remained almost unchanged over the centuries. The ideal itinerary should include a visit to one of the area’s many historical cellars: guided tours always include a tasting of some of the best vintages of Chianti, delicious local products such as cheeses and meats, and information about the features that make this world-renowned wine so unique.

Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia

If you’d like to combine your stay at La Costa with an itinerary in pursuit of nature, we suggest two extensive areas with a great deal to offer, the Val di Chiana and the Val d’Orcia. The Val di Chiana is a particularly charming area that even impressed Goethe in his trip to Italy.

Along the way you’ll encounter numerous villages that have maintained the architectural style of churches and buildings dating from the middle ages. During the year, the villages hold historical re-enactments and festivals to promote the importance of their history.

This area is also known for the production of the flavoursome and much sought-after Chianina beef, which we recommend you taste in a typical restaurant or trattoria. The Val d’Orcia has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site and its landscape is considered a real jewel. Walking through the valley, you will see why the work of many painters during the Renaissance was inspired by this part of Tuscany.

The alternation of cypress trees, abbeys, farmhouses and vineyards will give you back a sense of peace that ties in perfectly with the atmosphere surrounding our Relais. In the Val d’Orcia, you can take part in themed wine and food programmes, featuring local products such as cheese from Pienza, cured meats from Cinta Senese and Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most prestigious wines worldwide.

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