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Visit Asciano near Siena

Things to do in Asciano near Siena

Set on a hill in the upper Ombrone Valley, a short distance from the left bank of the river, the town of Asciano has numerous monumental buildings and a conspicuous artistic patrimony.

The historic centre of the village, developed along a main street, corso Matteotti, is still partially bounded by the fourteenth-century walls son which stand out some defensive towers of varying height.

What to see in Asciano

Asciano near Siena porta dei bianchi
Porta dei Bianchi (Photo by Sailko / CC BY)

Porta dei Bianchi (Gate of the Whites) leads to the main street where stand many of the main sights of Asciano. On the left, one of the first buildings is Palazzo Corboli, here there are two museums: The Museum of sacred Art (Museo di Arte sacra) and the Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico).

Continuing along corso Matteotti, you will encounter the Church of Sant’Agostino, on the left, and then, on the right, the Tower della Mencia (Torre della Mencia or civic tower): an elegant medieval tower, extensively remodeled during the 16th century when a Bell was placed on its top.

Asciano near Siena Torre della Mencia
Torre della Mencia (Photo by Sailko / CC BY)

Turning in via Amos Cassioli, you will arrive in Piazza del Grano where there is a monumental fountain, made by Antonio Ghini in 1472.

Now, get back on the main street where you can find the Basilica di Sant’Agata. Placed at the top of a steps, this beautiful romanesque church, founded in the eleventh century, has numerous architectural elements of Lombard origin. Inside are preserved some works like a fresco, on the right side, depicting the Madonna and Child, a wooden crucifix made in the 15th century and a Pietà frescoed on the left wall.

Things to do in Asciano: visit the Basilica di Sant'Agata
Basilica di Sant’Agata (Photo by Vignaccia76 / CC BY)

At the end of the main road, you can continue on the right in the direction of the convent of Saint Francis costrutio during the 13th century. The church of Saint Francis, remodeled during the 17th century, preserves some frescos from the 14th century.

Coming back, if you follow via Mameli you can get to the Museum Cassioli, dedicated to the local artist Amos Cassioli (1832-1891) and his son Giuseppe (1865-1942).

Things to do near Asciano

Near Asciano we suggest a visit to the thermal baths of Rapolano Terme and many archaeological sites such as the Etruscan necropolis of Poggio Pinci (half of 5th century before Christ) and the tumulus of Molinello (8th-1st century b.C.).

On the road for Buonconvento, you absolutely should go to the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.

Where to eat in Asciano

On the main street of the town, you can find a very nice restaurant called La Botteghina. Ideal for a quick lunch, in this small traditional place you can taste many local products of excellent quality.

Useful informations

Palazzo Corboli (Museum of Sacred Art and Archaeological Museum)

Opening hours:
November- Marcho: saturday, sunday and holydays 10.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.00
April-June and September-October: every day 10.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00
July-August: every day 10.00-13.00 and 17.00-22.00
Tickets: regular 5 euro; reduced 4 euro

Museum Cassioli

Opening hours:
November-March: saturday and sunday 10.30-13.30 and 15.00-18.00
April-June and September-October: sunday and tuesday 10.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.00
July-August: sunday and tuesday 10.00-13.00 and 17.00-20.00
Tickets: regular 5 euro; reduced 4 euro

Cumulative ticket (Corboli+Cassioli): regular 7 euro; reduced 5 euro
Free for kids under 6 years, handicapped persons and their accompanying persons. Free also for residents if they accompany guests.

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