The Cinigiano area spreads across the Valle dell’Ombrone, the final parts of the Val d’Orcia and the western slopes of the Monte Amiata, where, thanks to its fantastic position, you can marvel at the typical scenery of the surrounding Maremma.
Row upon row of hills rise from the sea up to the heights of mountains, in a continuous alternation of Mediterranean scrub, woods, pastures, vineyards, olive groves and hundreds of years old chestnut trees. The higher situated inhabited towns are over 700 metres above sea level.
Once a land ruled by the Aldobrandeschi family, the village was later governed by Siena and by the counts of Battifolle in the 14th century, finally becoming part of the Grand Duch of Tuscany in the mid 16th century.
There are only a few remains of the medieval castle around which Cinigiano developed. The Clock Tower is, however, one historic structure which still stands strong, situated in the centre of the town in piazza Marconi, and was restored in the mid 19th century.
The Church of San Michele Arcangelo is in the historic centre, a 15th-century structure with a 16th-century façade. Inside are various important works and the main nave is decorated with two elegant altars.
The territory of Cinigiano is dotted with characteristic villages: Porrona – which boasts a medieval castle, a parish church and two stately villas – Sasso d’Ombrone (also known as Sasso di Maremma), Colle Massari and then the Aldobrendsche strongholds of Castiglioncello Bandini, Vicarello, Poggio del Sasso and the village of Santa Rita.
Monticello Amiata, the highest town in the area, is home to a House Museum inside the old Town Hall, dedicated to popular traditions, daily life and historic crafts.
The area also offers many opportunities to take advantage of nature, with walks and excursions along thematic itineraries: the Via della Castagna, which winds through the centuries-old chestnut groves around Monticello Amiata, and the Via delle Fonti, which connects the two water sources of the town.
Between the towns of Cinigiano and Arcidosso, in the province of Grosseto, are the 400 protected hectares of the "Poggio all'Olmo" Nature Reserve, at an altitude of between 800 and 1000 meters, with panoramic views over the Valley dell'Ombrone, Monte Amiata and Val d'Orcia. The reserve is best-known for its botanical wealth: woods of black pine, fir trees and centuries-old chestnut trees alternate with grasslands and shrubs, where some unique species such as linaria purpurea and viola Etrusca grow.
The Festa dell’Uva takes place in Cinigiano every autumn, between the end of September and the start of October.
Over the weekend, you can watch the parade with floats symbolising the village’s three districts, and visit the surrounding wineries to learn about and try the area’s typical wines.
The area is rich in chestnut groves, is fertile for agriculture and is also known for its production of fine oils.
Wines, oils and other agricultural products can be tasted in the many farms and wineries that are located along the Montecucco Wine and Flavour Trail passing through here and winding along the inland and the coast.