There are several museums to explore in the area, each with an interest in some particular part of the
history and events of the region. The Civic Museum of Archeology and Sacred Art in ‘Palazzo Corboli’ in
Asciano. Once owned by the noble Sienese ‘Bandinelli’ family, the ‘Palazzo Corboli’ is not so much a
museum but a work of art itself. The arms of the ‘Bandinelli’ appear in almost every room, although small
this museum houses allegorical, sacred and secular works from the surrounding area and by numerous
artists from the ‘renaissance’ including works attributed to ‘Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Cristoforo di Benoccio,
Meo di Pero and Bernardino Mei’ amongst others. Two floors are dedicated to archaeological artefacts
from ancient tombs and neocropoli, Etruscan, Roman pieces and finds from a thermal bath.
At the ‘Museo della Grancia’ in Rapolano Terme, you can learn the fascinating history of the fortified
storehouses which kept the harvestsafe from attack and supplied the needy of Siena through the ‘Spedale
di Santa Maria Della Scala’.
In Buonconvento, there is the ‘Museo della Mezzadria’ a museum dedicated
to the social and economic world of sharecropping that no longer exists but was so typical in Tuscany up
until the mid-20th century.
You can learn the history of sharecropping in the ‘Crete Senesi’ by way of
photos, music, literature, video, historical documents, and much more.
In tribute to one of the worlds most venerated funghi, pay a visit to the Truffle Museum in ‘San Giovanni
d’Asso’. Here you can explore the mystery of the truffle in the cellars of the medieval San Giovanni Castle,
immerse yourself in the history of the truffle from the scientific as well as the magical side. With a very
‘hands on’ approach you can feel, hear, see, smell and taste the history of the truffle! ‘Le Crete Senesi’
are famous for the white truffle and there is a ‘White Truffle Association’ which every year organises a
festival and market of the white truffle in San Giovanni d’Asso. Here you can really enjoy the truffle in
some of many delicious dishes based around this pungent funghi!
On the Southern Edge of Le Crete Senesi is the neighbouring district of ‘Val d’Orcia’ where there are to
be found the famous picturesque hilltop towns and villagesso characteristic of Tuscany, ‘Pienza’ and ‘San
Quirico d’Orcia’ to name two.