The Crete is a vast area in the southeast of Siena. One of its main characteristics are ther impressive, tree-and shrub-free Badlands. Part of this area is the so-called Accona Desert, where in 1319 the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore was built. The monastery houses a famous fresco cycle with scenes from the life of Saint Benedict painted by Luca Signorelli and Sodoma.
FROM S. GIOVANNI D'ASSO TO THE ABBEY OF MONTE OLIVETO MAGGIORE
After a visit of the village of San Giovanni d'Asso and its interesting truffle museum we begin our hike. After Bosco della Ragnaia follow the crests, where we find the unforgettable badlands of the Crete Senesi. After this we reach Chiusure, a border posts erected by Siena in the 13th Century. From there, you have a great view of the Crete and the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, the final destination of our hike.
Difference in altitude: 150 meters
Duration: 5 hours