Tracking, biking and back riding
Valdambra is a welcoming land, nestled in Chianti mountains and High Valdarno, crossed by Ambra’s river: it is suitable for people who love walking in search of a natural, cultural, historical, artistic, gastronomic Heritage, plunged into an environment where men have been able to integrate the selves for centuries by shaping landscapes in accordance with their native land features.
Walking in the same mood as people who want to know, discover, taste the pleasure of peacefulness, of a land and its culture. Thus, one itinerary after another, the numerous castles of Valdambra reveal their ancient past, starting from the one in Montebenichi, passing through those in Cennina and Rapale, up to the magnificent tower of Galatrona and to what remains from fortifications in Ambra and Castiglion Alberti. Step by step we can come into spiritual places such as Badia a Ruoti and Badia Agnano abbeys, Galatrona and Santa Maria in Altaserra ancient churches.
We can cross small hamlets deep in the green hills, woods, vineyards, olive groves, like in San Leolino and Duddova, and we will silently stop ourselves in front of remembrance places, or stunningly at the foot of an ancient tree.
In the territory of Bucine you can find itineraries and paths suitable for everyone, skilled and trained walkers, but even people who choose to stand up and walk for the first time, since eventually “Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation: a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind”
All the itineraries are easily accessible even on horseback and by mountain bike.
The Valdambra, an open air museum of nature and culture
Our holiday homes are located near the village of Ambra, between Arezzo, Siena and Florence. There is no need to travel far to enjoy the beauty of Tuscany – the Valdambra is rich in history, art and nature. Its century-old forests, its fields with farmhouses scattered here and there and its vineyards and olive trees lying gently on the slopes are among the most beautiful of Tuscany.
There are many small villages that deserve a visit and that on summer weekends often host lively village festivals with great food.
Because of its beauty the Valdambra is the area in Tuscany with the most hiking trails, well marked and full of charm: walking in the woods, it is possible to suddenly find an old farmhouse, surrounded by olive trees, then, after a while, to discover a small village, maybe with a charming castle or an antique church.
In the heart of Tuscany
The beautiful Valdambra occupies a central location that allows you to reach quickly and easily the most fascinating destinations of Tuscany. An expressway connects it in a half hour to Siena, the beautiful city of Palio. Nearby are Monteriggioni with its walls, San Gimignano with its towers and San Galgano which preserves the mysterious ”sword in the stone”.
Continuing from Siena towards the south we arrive in an hour to our beautiful coast: the sea of Tuscany has always been one of the cleanest in Italy, and you have plenty of choice between the medieval Castiglione della Pescaia, the fully equipped Grosseto, or the wild Maremma Park, nature reserve.
The same highway leads in the other direction to Cortona, an ancient Etruscan town, to Montepulciano home of Vino Nobile, and then, in the Umbria region, to Perugia and Assisi, the city of St. Francis.
In half an hour's drive you'll get even to Arezzo, a city famous for its frescoes by Piero della Francesca and for the Oscar-winning film ”Life is Beautiful” by Roberto Benigni. Venturing a little further, in the mountains of Casentino, are the sanctuary of La Verna, founded by St. Francis of Assisi, and the Benedictine monastery of Camaldoli.
Florence, finally, is easily reached in an hour by train from the nearby station of Bucine, without having to struggle to get into the city by car and finding a parking space. But often in Tuscany the way is beautiful, not only the goal: this is why we suggest some routes along secondary roads that pass through small villages, isolated churches in the countryside, bordering vineyards, olive groves and wheat fields. Minutes from the Valdambra is the heart of the Chianti region famous for its wine, just to the east are the Crete Senesi and the Orcia Valley, while to the south are the prosperous Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno.
Wellness & Sport
Pleasant and relaxing baths in the hot sulfur springs of Rapolano (15min from Ambra), an excellent alternative to the swimming pool in colder seasons:
Terme Antica Querciolaia
Terme San GiovanniOur Spring Waters
The precious spring waters which bubble up from the ground at San Giovanni have notable therapeutic properties, recognised by the Ministry of Health. They are particularly effective in dealing with complaints relating to articulation of the joints, the respiratory system, dermatological ailments, and muscular problems.
Not just a relaxingly luxurious day out, our waters are also a fountain and health and wellbeing.Riding Horses in Tuscany
A unique experience that you will find in the small center Naturalmente
, which stands in a clearing in a beautiful forest of Pieve a Presciano, a delightful village of Pergine Valdarno.
Horse riding lessons and pony trekking
in the surrounding hills of Berardenga, only minutes away
Training and competition at the highest level at the Polo Club Villa a SestaWineries
Here are just a few of wineries, only minutes away, where you can taste the excellent Chianti Classico wine in fantastic farms and have the chance to buy it at reduced prices:Brolio CastleFelsinaVilla a SestaAdventure park
Tree climbing courses for adults and children in the adventure park Saltalbero
in Rapolano (15min from Ambra)