The Valdichiana Valley is a green, well-cultivated dale about 100 km long, located between the plains of Arezzo and Orvieto, surrounded by mountains and hill clad with silvery olive groves, and including the hydrographic basin of the Canale Maestro della Chiana.
Human settlements in the Valdichiana have really ancient origins. The various testimonies come from archaeological finds of Prehistoric and Protohistoric eras, although the real development occurred in Etruscan times. In this period the Valdichiana Valley went through a time of great prosperity, whose splendor and importance are witnessed by numerous archaeological findings from the various centers, especially from the ancient Etruscan “Lucumonie” of Arezzo, Cortona and Chiusi.
After the Etruscan period the Roman Republic settled in the Valdichiana Valley, and it was during this era that, due to the overflowing of the river Clanis, who gave the valley its name, the Valdichiana turned into a swamp. In the first years of the 16C, Leonardo da Vinci traced a map which reveals that the Valdichiana then contained a large lake, of which today only the Lake of Chiusi and the smaller Lake of Montepulciano remain. The history of this land is marked by great hydraulic engineering works, begun in Roman times. Da Vinci’s map reveals an early attempt to systemize the hydraulics after the deterioration suffered during the Middle Ages. Later the government of Florence, aware of the potential wealth of the Valdichiana Valley, tried for a long time to drain the swamp until, thanks to the construction of the Canale Maestro della Chiana, the problem was solved, the valley dried up, and the ground again fertile and cultivable returned to be the Etruria’s granary.
The Valdichiana Valley today is increasingly a popular tourist destination also greatly growing in number of tourists. The artistic and historic interest of many of its centers every year brings thousands of visitors from around the world. From the slopes and ridges appear splendid and famous towns like Cortona, Monte San Savino, Lucignano, Montepulciano, Castiglion Fiorentino, Torrita di Siena, Sinalunga, Chianciano Terme… significantly rich in art and history. Often preserved virtually intact those are destinations of great, not only artistic, but also cultural and gastronomic concern. Tourism is also projected towards the purely rural centers and the countryside itself, with their beautiful and typical views and landscapes. And finally the Valdichiana is remarkably known as the homeland of the famous Chianina, cattle breed renowned for its meat and especially for his loin, from which you get an excellent Fiorentina steak.
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The Valdichiana Valley
[img src=http://www.holidayintuscany.it/wp-content/flagallery/the-valdichiana-valley/thumbs/thumbs_discover-valdichiana-02.jpg]Valdichiana, old farmhouse
[img src=http://www.holidayintuscany.it/wp-content/flagallery/the-valdichiana-valley/thumbs/thumbs_bistecca-alla-fiorentina_ok.jpg]Fiorentina Steak
[img src=http://www.holidayintuscany.it/wp-content/flagallery/the-valdichiana-valley/thumbs/thumbs_marciano.jpg]Marciano della Chiana, the Tower
[img src=http://www.holidayintuscany.it/wp-content/flagallery/the-valdichiana-valley/thumbs/thumbs_civitella4.jpg]Civitella in Valdichiana
[img src=http://www.holidayintuscany.it/wp-content/flagallery/the-valdichiana-valley/thumbs/thumbs_vigneti-e-montepulciano2.jpg]Montepulciano and vineyards
[img src=http://www.holidayintuscany.it/wp-content/flagallery/the-valdichiana-valley/thumbs/thumbs_gallery_4be9d2dd72553_valdichiana.jpg]Valdichiana, panoramic view
[img src=http://www.holidayintuscany.it/wp-content/flagallery/the-valdichiana-valley/thumbs/thumbs_val-di-chiana-campi.jpg]Valdichiana, cultivated countryside
[img src=http://www.holidayintuscany.it/wp-content/flagallery/the-valdichiana-valley/thumbs/thumbs_lucignano1.jpg]Lucignano, panoramic view
[img src=http://www.holidayintuscany.it/wp-content/flagallery/the-valdichiana-valley/thumbs/thumbs_cast-fno.jpg]Castiglion Fiorentino
[img src=http://www.holidayintuscany.it/wp-content/flagallery/the-valdichiana-valley/thumbs/thumbs_tour-wine-montepulciano.jpg]Montepulciano, San Biagio
[img src=http://www.holidayintuscany.it/wp-content/flagallery/the-valdichiana-valley/thumbs/thumbs_chianina.jpg]Chianina Cow