The walk to Roccalbegna takes about an hour, depending on how often you stop and look at all the wonderful flowers. You turn right as you leave the garden of Podere Sant Angelo. Walk down hill for about 300m and take the first road on the right. This road goes down to the bottom of the valley. There’s a ford at the bottom. There may be some water here! Remember that Roccalbegna is quite high which means you will be going uphill for most of the second part.
Places to visit:
• Ss. Pietro e Paolo, Romanic church from the 1200s, it has a beautiful, recently restored triptych of the Senese school
• the Rocca, the pinnacle of rock that towers above the village, there are wonderful views from here down the Albegna valley to the sea
• the Cassero, the Senese fortification opposite the Rocca, again there are wonderful views from here
• a wander around the lanes of the village
In Roccalbegna you can also do some shopping. The one shop not to miss is the butcher’s. Try his delicious sausages and the ricotta cheese.