Italy is a country full of hidden gems. There’s more to it than Rome and Venice. If you have time to spend exploring the small towns of Italy, you must visit Buonconvento, one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany. Experience la dolce vita: take a break from the crowded tourist places. Enjoy a quiet passeggiata around the historic town and discover the reason behind Buonconvento’s name: “a happy and lucky place”.
A Happy and Lucky Place
Buonconvento (“happy and lucky place”) is a medieval village in the Val d’Orcia area. It is listed as one of the Borghi Piu Belli (most beautiful villages) in Italy. Also, Buonconvento is just 25 kilometers south of Siena, and is easily reached by train.
Additionally, if you are planning to drive around Tuscany, make sure to stop by this charming borgo for an aperitivo. It is an ideal spot for hanging out and enjoying a lazy afternoon with your family or close friends.
Also, Buonconvento has a chill and calm atmosphere. For me, it is almost surreal. Maybe it is time to forget the worries of daily life. Why don’t you take “a walk back in time” in this carefully-preserved historic town? Italy has a way of refreshing the soul just by giving you a glimpse of what life was like hundreds of years ago.
Furthermore, it is relatively child-friendly! I think that it is an ideal place for small children because there are plenty of green spaces for them to run around. There is a garden just outside the town gate where you can appreciate the view of a typical Tuscan landscape.
How To Get To Buonconvento From Siena
There is a direct train from Siena to Buonconvento. The trip takes about 25 minutes, and trains leave approximately every hour. Make sure to buy return tickets at the ticket office. Also, have your tickets machine-validated before boarding the train. From the Buonconvento train station, you can easily take a five-minute walk to the historic center.
Buonconvento’s Historic Center
You can find churches, specialty shops, museums and cafes inside the historic center. My husband and I enjoyed a quiet stroll with my toddler and baby. Definitely a Saturday well-spent!
Museum of Sacred Art (Museo d’Arte Sacra della Val d’Arbia)
When in Buonconvento, don’t forget to visit the Val d’Arbia Museum. Here you can see sacred art and notable works by artists such as Pietro Lorenzetti and Matteo di Giovanni. My two-year-old son called it “The Jesus Castle”. Tickets cost 3 euros per person.
Have you discovered other hidden gems in Italy? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!
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I’d like to thank Kelly of Italian at Heart, Kristie of Mammaprada, and Jasmine of Questa Dolce Vita for hosting June 2018’s Dolce Vita Bloggers Link-up! Dolce Vita Bloggers is a monthly link-up for lovers of Italy.