The SettepontiRoad (SS 85/87) is the old route that connected Arezzo to Florence and still today it's a panoramic way to drive in the direction of Arezzo or Reggello. Along the road the MUST is to 'drive slowly', only in this way you will really enjoy the landscape around you: terracing and olive trees, the scenic Balze and the ancient farmhouses, all part of a view where the time seems to have been stopped centuries ago...
Driving from Odina we suggest two different itineraries: one towards Reggello to reach Vallombrosa and a second one towardsArezzo.
Our suggestion is to make short breaks along the way so that you will be able to enjoy and discover small daily life episodes hidden in the history of our land.
From Odina to Vallombrosa InCastelfranco di Sopra, a small hamlet founded at the end of the XIII century, you can visit Badia a Soffena. Driving in the direction of Vallombrosa you will see two Parish Churches. The first one is Pieve di Santa Maria a Sco’ in Pian di Sco’ along the road. Once you reach Reggello, we suggest a small detour to see the Pieve di Cascia, where it's possible to visit the Museo di Arte Sacra with some of Masaccio's works. From Reggello follow the directions to Vallombrosa. With the good weather do not lose the opportunity to make a walk in a real green museum: l’Arboreto di Vallombrosa one of the most important plants and trees' collection for scientific purpose. Today we can count 5'000 different plants. L'Abbazia di Vallombrosa, belonged to the Benedectine Friars, it's a millenial construction with a spiritual rigor and fascination. You can visit the Abbey in specific days, ask to the reception!
LORO CIUFFENNA The small hamlet is one of the most beautiful hamlet in Italy and a walk through the small streets of the Fondaccio is really worth. Do not forget the ancient Romanesque Bridge and the old mill, the oldest one that still produce flour made with ancient grains, corn and chestnut.
Walking from the center to the top of the village, you will reach the Parish Church of San Piero a Gropina that today is National Monument because of its historical and artictic relevance.
Museo Venturino Venturi The Museum is located on the ground floor of the Town Hall Palace in Loro Ciuffenna and is dedicated to Venturino Venturi (1918-2002), painter of the twentieth century born in Loro and author of the mosaics in the Piazzetta dei Mosaici inside the Pinocchio Park in Collodi.
Chainti Classico: not only wine!
From the natural Odina balcony you will see some hills, barriers that separate the Valdarno from the Chianti. The area is not one of the largest parts of Tuscan Countryside but worth to be slowly travelled enjoing the small hamlets, the isolated farmhouses and the wonderful landscapes with their stories to tell you.
Strolling around... Drive down from Odina and then ascend again towards Sienna passing by Cavriglia. Here, if you are in May or June, during the roses' florescence, you should visit the Roseto Carla Fineschi, with its 6.000 species offers an uncommon riot of tasts and smells.
Proceeding, you will meet the Abbazia di Badia Coltibuono where you can have a good glass of wine and visit the aromatic herbs garden, from there, the Chianti Hills will be in front of you. Go on towards Gaiole and after 1 Km, with a small detour, you will reach Castello di Meleto: a small stop is a must to taste their wine and all the other farm products. Start again your travel among the vineyards... RADDA IN CHIANTI: wine and vinegar Radda is a fortified village, from its walls you will see vineyards and if you want to taste a good taste of wine you are only spoilt of choice! Our suggestion is to reach Volpaia, a little thousend-years old hamlet where a farm produce Chianti wine and vinegar with flowers and aromatics herbs.
CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI: art and wine Castellina has today all the peculiarities of a fortified military fortress, one of them is the wallsheltered walkways under the surrounding walls. If you are interested in art or like to be fascinated by surprises, you should reach Nittardi, the Michelangelo Buonarroti's farm with its fine contemporary art collection, there you can also taste wine on the armonic Chianti hills.
We can state, without any doubt, that Sienna is one of the most beautiful Medieval Cities of Italy.
Its core is the famousPiazza del Campo, where each year on the 2nd July and 16th of August the renowned Palio di Siena takes place. This medieval competition among the 17 districts seems ot have its origins in the seventeeth century.
There're not so many geographic areas with such a various landscape like the one you can see around Sienna. The northern part is surrounded by the Chianti scenery with its vineyards and olive trees and all the small villages. In the southern part you will admire the green sweet hills of Val d'Arbia and Val d'Orcia that leads us to Montalcino, famous for its Brunello. On the east side the Crete: the harsh rock formations with silver and yellow colours (depending on the seasons) offer to all the visitors a unique exhibition.
Do not forget the Chianti area located among Florence, Arezzo and Sienna, one of the nicest countryside territories of Italy famous for its wine production... In this areayou have to slowly drive admiring the landscape (better if in motocicle or bike) especially in autumn or spring with camera at hand.
How to reach Sienna: Driving from Odina and passing Bucine you will reach la Colonna del Grillo, there you will take the intersection towards Sienna.