Val di Chiana

Val di Chiana

Guide to the valley of Chiana in Tuscany

The valley of the Chiana river stretches wide, extending from the Tuscan provinces of Arezzo and Siena to the Umbrian provinces of Perugia and Terni and taking in over 22 municipalities.

Historically, much of it was a vast and marshy floodplain and it is not surprising that most of its beautiful cities sit high on the bordering hills and have magnificent views of the valley floor. Drainage and land reclamation over the centuries successfully turned the Val di Chiana's marshes into the wide fertile valley floor seen today where large farmhouses testify to thriving agricultural enterprises.

But there is more to the Val di Chiana than its flatlands; the gently rolling clay hills towards Siena, known as the Crete, are laced with white ‘biancane’ domes or jagged ‘calanchi’ gullies that add drama to the landscape and make it almost lunar in the moonlight.

Its Lakes of Chiusi and Montepulicano are a haven for water fowl and a mecca for families that bike or hike the lake shores.

Read more about the Val di Chiana below, or see all our villas in the Val di Chiana here.