SURROUNDINGS OF IESA
Places to visit
Placed in Farma Valley, farmhouse Le Capanne di Viola is in Località Iesa, in the municipality of Monticiano (SI) and it is surrounded by more than 40 hectares of olive trees, orchards and chestnut trees. Our guests will find hospitality, cordiality, extra virgin oil, wine, honey and fruit in season and, in autumn, it is possible to go for long walks and look for mushrooms in the woods around the farmhouse. The farmhouse is only 4 km away from Petriolo Baths, where our guests can relax and experience thermal baths.
Farma Valley shows a particular flora and fauna, due to specific weather conditions. At an altitude of 200m there are beech trees (that usually grow at higher altitudes, 1000m above the sea level), yews (that risked to become extinct during glaciations and are very rare in Europe), boxwoods, laurel, ruscus (similar to laurel), ferns.
As for the fauna, the pond of Troscia is the perfect habitat for Apuan newts, speckled newts, tree frogs and natrice dal collare (a kind of snake). Other typical animals are wildcats, martens, land turtles, colubro liscio (another kind of snake) and a lot of birds of pray.
Monticiano is one of the five municipalities in Merse Valley, a splendid nature reserve full of wonderful villages, ancient bunkers and thermal springs.
Terme di Petriolo, San Galgano Abbey, the wild Farma Valley, the Merse Nature Reserve, Montalcino, D’Orcia Valley and Siena deserve a visit.
Iesa is placed near Monticiano, in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas close to Siena, between Merse river and Farma stream. It is the location of “Wild boar Sauce Tagliatelle Waltz”, which takes place at the first weekend in June and is one of the best countryside festivals in the territory of Siena, thanks to its genuine atmosphere and its delicious local dishes.. Wild boar sauce tagliatelle is the main course and the presence of a band allows people to take part in traditional cheerful dances or other events. The festival attracts a lot of tourists because tagliatelle are homemade and people from Iesa say that if you eat them once you will eat them again! Other dishes in the festival menu are bread soup, polenta (corn mush) with sausages and delicious cakes cooked by women of Iesa. Tables are set in front of Circolo Arci “La Pigna” and an orchestra plays until late night. There are stands in piazza di Lama on Sunday and the festival ends in the evening. Entrance is free for everyone.