Crete Senesi
Crete Senesi

Things to do in Trequanda and around

Trequanda, a place where man lives in balance with nature

Trequanda is a town in the province of Siena located in a hilly position between the val di Chiana and the Crete Senesi. Traditionally based on agricultural production, this small village has discovered in recent years a tourist vocation and it was awarded with the prestigious Bandiera Arancione by the Touring Club Italiano. As we said, Trequanda has a considerable agricultural tradition, in particular in these parts it is easy to come across fields cultivated with olive trees; it is no coincidence then that this minicipality is part of the Associazione Nazionale Città dell’Olio (National Association of Oil Town).

The first one to live here were the Etruscan. The presence of this ancient people is documented both by the archaeological remains and by the toponyms of the area as Cennano, Petroio, Sicille and perhaps also the name Trequanda derives from an Etruscan word.

The hamlet borgo developed in medieval times in relation to the castle of the Cacciaconti, who held control of Trequanda between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Subsequently, the fortress and the village entered the orbit of Siena until, in 1552, the whole area became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

Things to do in Trequanda

Trequanda is a pleasant medieval village organized around its central square, Piazza Garibaldi, and still partially enclosed by its defensive walls. Once the village was equipped with three city gates of which only two are preserved, Porta del Sole, facing south west, and Porta al Leccio in the northern part of the historical center.

Let’s see now which are the main monuments of Trequanda:

  • Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Andrea
  • Rocca di Trequanda
  • Torre del Molino a vento

Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Andrea

Located in piazza Garibaldi, the beutiful chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Andrea is the main church of this hamlet. Probably erected in place of a previous church, the current building was built starting from 1327 and subsequently renewed many times. Its exterior is interesting for the particular “checkerboard” wall cladding on the façade, obtained alternating tuff and travertine blocks.

Things to do in Trequanda: visit the Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Andrea
Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Andrea (Photo by LigaDue / CC BY)

Inside there are some works of great value: along the right wall we find Madonna col Bambino tra i Santi Caterina d’Alessandria, Maria Maddalena, Giovanni Battista e Bernardino da Siena by Bartolomeo da Miranda and a Sodoma’s Ascensione; on the main altar we can admire the Giovanni di Paolo’s triptych Madonna col Bambino e san Bernardino di Siena fra i santi Sebastiano e Clemente. A precious carved urn preserves the remains of the blessed Bonizella Cacciatoni, while on the left in a niche there is a terracotta Madonna col Bambino, attributed to Andrea Sansovino.

Madonna col Bambino tra i Santi Caterina d’Alessandria, Maria Maddalena, Giovanni Battista e Bernardino da Siena di Bartolomeo da Miranda
Madonna col Bambino e Santi by Bartolomeo da Miranda (Photo by Vignaccia76 / CC BY)

Rocca di Trequanda

From Piazza Garibaldi passing next to the chiesa dell’Immacolata Concezione, you can get to the Rocca di Trequanda also known as the Castello Cacciaconti. Of this imposing fortress, extensively restored, remain part of the crenellated walls, the keep and an impressive cylindrical tower (rebuilt) placed to guard the entrance to the village. The complex also contains a small and well-kept Italian garden.

Trequanda cosa vedere: Rocca di Trequanda
Rocca di Trequanda (Photo by LigaDue / CC BY)

Torre del Molino a Vento

Continuing out of the village with the castle behind, a pleasant walk can lead you in the direction to the Chiesa del Sodo and the Torre di Molino a vento (Tower of the Windmill). This ancient dovecote is located a short distance from the historic center of Trequanda immersed in a grove of oaks and cypress trees, along the homonymous street. Built in the late eighteenth century, it has a cylindrical structure on three floors, with a spiral staircase and a series of more than 500 terracotta nests arranged along the walls, once used to breed travelers pigeons. Such an unusual monument!

Places to visit around Trequanda

Near Trequanda are worth a visit the village of Petroio, where there is an interesting museum on terracotta, and Castelmuzio where you can visit a museum of scared art. Another nice medieval village, Montisi, is located along the road that connects Trequanda to Castlemuzio. Not far from Castelmuzio, you need to visit the beautiful pieve di Santo Stefano a Cennano,an extraordinary example of Romanesque architecture dating back to the 13th century.

Pieve di Santo Stefano a Cennano
Pieve di Santo Stefano a Cennano (Photo by Edisonblus / CC BY)

Finally, from Trequanda, you can easily travel to discover the Crete Senesi, in direction of Asciano and the magnificent Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, or to the Val di Chiana, where are places like Torrita di Siena and Montepulciano.

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