...AND A TASTE FOR HISTORY
LEARN OF OUR HISTORY, LIVE OUR HISTORY
The Molinello, which means “mill” in Italian, is in fact a small medieval mill which dates back at least to 1356, when its existence was first documented. In addition to hosting our guests in some rooms pertaining to the original structure, Elisa and Sandro will be happy to show you the grist mill itself (now located beneath a glass window in their living room). Over a glass of homemade vinsanto produced by Elisa's father, we will show you all of the documents from the State Archives and share our sometimes quite colorful anecdotes stemming from the renovation of the building.
If your thirst for history hasn't been quenched by this taste of the Medieval period, and you'd like to take a leap back another 2,000 years, you will find the Molinello Etruscan burial mound right in front of our main gate. A circular tomb formed by a series of burial chambers, it represents the entire time span of the Etruscan civilization, from the VII to the I centuries B.C. If you wish, it will be Sandro's pleasure to illustrate what he knows about the tomb as well as the travertine quarry found adjacent to our property.
Should you wish for a deeper understanding of the fascinating world of the Etruscans, it is possible to organize a visit (with or without a guide) to the Palazzo Corboli Museum of Asciano, where the archeological section houses documentation of the Etruscan settlements found in the upper valley of the Ombrone river as well as artefacts found during the excavations of the Necropoli of Poggione and the Burial Mound of the Molinello.
The Museum of Palazzo Corboli is also home to a collection of sacred art (named one of the 50 best small museums in Italy by the Daily Telegraph) The collection presents visitors with works by renowned masters such as Giovanni Pisano, Segna di Bonaventura, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Francesco di Valdambrino, fifteenth-century paintings by the “Maestro dell’Osservanza”, Pietro di Giovanni d’Ambrogio, Matteo di Giovanni, and Giovanni di Paolo: these are works of 15th century Sienese artists paying homage to their province. They are done in the style of masters of the 14th century, and demonstrate the common thread of commissions by burgeoning aristocratic land owners.
Another opportunity which we provide for our history-loving guests is that of joining a free guided tour of Siena offered in collaboration with the Agriturist association, available every Tuesday afternoon.
For the most demanding, we recommend participating in intimate full day tours of the countryside, availing yourselves of the friendly, expert, professional services of Roberto Bechi (www.toursbyroberto.com).