Valdichiana Aretina has always been the rural heart of Tuscany: Man and Nature have found their balance here. The result is a variety of products that have unique tastes and nutritional values. The Aglione garlic and the Chianina meat are among the most famous examples of the bond between the hard-working farmers and the surrounding territory. The landscape has changed through the years thanks to the skilled hands of the sharecroppers, who reclaimed the harmful swamps that infested this area. An enchanting path that is several kilometers long is a silent testimony of their hard work.
This land is so fertile that it earned the name of “granary of Etruria”, and has been the setting of critically acclaimed books – “Under the Tuscan Sun” takes place in the surrounding of Cortona.
The history of the Etruscan civilization has left notable marks in the towns of Castiglion Fiorentino, Marciano, and Lucignano.
Local customs and traditions are still alive in the events that characterize the towns of Val di Chiana Aretina. The roots of events such as the Carnevale Secolare of Foiano and the Palio of Castiglion Fiorentino go back in history, while events such as Cortona on the Move and the exposition of Contemporary Art of Civitella are looking at the future.