Castelnuovo BerardengaThe village, in the province of Siena, lies in an area stretching between the Chianti region and the Crete Senesi. Thanks to its unspoilt landscape and hot water springs, this part of Tuscany is rich in historical villages, castles and archaeological sites.
Castelnuovo Berardenga is of Etruscan-Roman origin and owes its name to the castle that the Republic of Siena built in the 14th century for defending its eastern border.
In origin seven towers stood along the castle walls; today, only one these ancient towers remains (the one called "dell’Orologio"). In the centre of the town, villa Chigi Saracini was built in the 19th century.
Built by order of count Galgano Saracini and partly attributed to the Sienese architect Agostino Fantastici, the villa is surrounded by a wonderful Italian garden decorated with a small lake, some 19th-century marble busts and a beautiful fountain.
Within easy reach of Castelnuovo Berardenga lie many villages, parish churches and castles that dot the wonderful Tuscan hills.
Cetamura, Acqua Borra, Quercegrossa, Rosennano, San Gusmè and Vagliagli are the most interesting villages around Castelnuovo Berardenga.
Very interesting are also the Pieve Asciata, the monastery of Badia di Berardenga and the Carthusian monastery of Pontignano.
Among the castles, the beautiful castle of Bossi, the villa of Greggiano and the castle of Montalto are worth a visit.
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