Val di Chiana Aretina

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It had not, however, always been a paradise. After Hannibal's crossing, the Valdichiana experienced other historical episodes which later led to the formation of the Tuscan state: the Battle of Pieve al Toppo (1288) in which the Aretini inflicted a decisive blow on the Senesi who were at that time closely allied to the Florentine Guelph faction; the so-called Scannagallo battle (1554) fought near Foiano and renowned for the large number of French mercenary soldiers killed. The outcome of this conflict was a determining factor in the subjugation of the Republic of Siena to the rule of Cosimo de' Medici, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany.
Such episodes, when all is said and done, were alien to the historical reality of the area. The people of the Valdichiana, in fact, were impassioned more by art than arms. It is true to say, that no condottiere of any great importance came from this valley whereas the list of artistic genius is impressive, the most outstanding to note being Luca Signorelli, Pietro da Cortona, Andrea Sansovino and, from this century, Gino Severini.
The Autostrada del Sole and the main Rome-Milan railway line cut through the valley; two state highways, the Umbro-Casentinese and the eastern section of the Cassia which follow the natural contours on both sides, all guarantee communication links between the larger inhabited centres, whilst the dense network of good secondary roads permit easy access in all directions and the possibility of discovering remote, secluded spots of captivating beauty. Moreover, following ancient Etruscan and Roman routes, beyond the slopes and wooded ridges of the Cortona mountain range to the east, passing through broad, open valleys characteristically dotted with houses, churches and ruins of earlier fortresses, you reach the Tiber Valley - Valtiberina. The Valdichiana was once the granary of Etruria and even today it is still the only area specializing in the raising of the highly prized breed of beef cattle known as the Chianina, which can be directly traced back to the "bos primigenius" of prehistoric times.
This natural bent towards agriculture characterizes the valley's economy as a whole, where activities connected with the production of cereals, sugar beet, high quality oil and local wine, Bianco Vergine, all flourish and prosper. Yet, established firms concentrating in the manufacture of furniture, shoes and clothing are well represented. In Monte San Savino, the ceramic industry is still thriving, producing refined pottery wares according to long-standing, local tradition.

At Val di Chiana Aretina, there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.