Orentano’s proximity to the hidden, medieval jewels of Tuscany makes it a convenient home base for exploring and savoring the wonders of the region.

Le Cerbaie is a protected area and home to the famous pilgrim path, the Via Francigena, the ancient route of historic and artistic treasures that led pilgrims toRome. Once covered by a lake, which was drained by the Medici to recuperate the land for the farmers, one can observe all types of birds, and wildlife that are particular to the area.

Altopascio, a medieval city famous for its bread was a former stop for pilgrims to Rome. Further along on a hill you will find Montecarlo, well-known for its wine and olive oil. Bird watchers can travel to nearby Fuccechio to observe all kinds of rare species. Thermal water pools are available at San Giuliano Terme, Montecatini Terme or Monsummano.

In the near vicinity you will find several ‘Gamboro Rosso’ quoted restaurants as well as small trattorias where delicious Tuscan fare is served at reasonable prices. Beaches can be reached a short distance away, like Marina di Pisa at 49km or Viareggio at 60km. You can also reach the quaint, walled city of Lucca at 20km, Pisa at 35km, Florence at 60km all by train from Altopascio. A leisurely day excursion to San Gimignano and Volterra is easily done. Siena is 130km away, while the Puccini Festival can be visited during the summer at Torre del Lago only 47km away. Not to forget are Pistoia with works by Brunelleschi and Della Robbia or Prato and its cathedral with works by Donatello, frescoes by Ghirlandaio, not to mention the magnificent castle and the surrounding villas…

If you are interested in going to a festival, in June San Gimignano celebrates the Medieval Harvest Festival. During the month of July, the area’s cultural agenda includes a medieval festival in Altopascio, one of Italy’s best costume festivals in Monteriggioni, a three-day Blues Festival in Pistoia, and the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago. In August, one of Italy’s best medieval festivals can be experienced in Volterra. The activities agenda in summer offers mountain biking, horseback riding, golf and hiking in the nearby Apennine Mountains.