Walks and hikes (trekking). , The nearness of the forests and tranquillity if the Senese country-side offer guests of Relax Hotel Aquaviva abundant possibilities for country walks and hiking trips., The range of trails is vast and goes from easy walks of a couple of hours, to more exacting trips for the whole day. , We can provide maps for all the trails, and suggest ones most suitable to your needs and abilities., In the forests, especially at dusk, it is possible to come across woodland creatures typical of the area, such as porcupine, pheasant, wild boar, deer, badger and many others., A list of the principle trails in order of duration:, 1. to the village of Casole d’Elsa, via the old parish church of Pusciano; , 2. to the Sellate stream, the Teschio (shell fossil deposit), to Capretto farmhouse, to Monti farmhouse; , 3. to the church at Mensano (11th century °, via Casole d’Elsa; , 4. to the forest of Berignone, possibly further on to the ruins of the castle once used by the Bishops of Volterra (called “La Torraccia”); trail of high fauna interest;, 5. through the Montagnola Senese; , 6. to the Selva farmhouse, up to Cottorniano; , 7. to San Gimignano, via Castel San Gimignano; , 8. through the Chianti hills; , 9. and many more. , , Tennis, Tennis court at Casole d’Elsa (4 km), near Hotel Gemini., , Golf, Golf course at Colle di Val d’Elsa (12 km), a nine hole course., , Horse riding, Horse back trekking with a guide are organized through company in Siena. The excursions include: , 1. pick up and drop off at the hotel; , 2. transport to the stables in minibus maximum 8 persons; , 3. horse and guide, riding hats; , The excursions travel through areas of historic and naturist interest, horse riding experience is not necessary as the horse are trained to adapt to the riders capacity., , Guided visits , In collaboration with an agency in Siena, we can organize guided daily or weekly visits to the principle centres of cultural interest in Tuscany: , 1. visit to Florence and the Uffizi museum; , 2. Wine tasting trip to Chianti; , 3. trip to the land of Brunello, with wine tasting; , 4. wine tasting visit to San Gimignano; , 5. Volterra with a visit to an alabaster workshop; , 6. trip to Montepulciano and Pienza, with wine tasting; , 7. Visit to Siena in a minibus; , 8. Visit to the ‘contrada’ museums in Siena., All the trips (except Siena) with pick up and drop off at the hotel in a minibus, maximum 8 persons., , Markets, Here is a list of the weekly markets in the area, ideal for buying local food products, leather goods, clothes and material:, - at Casole, the first and third Monday morning of every month;, - at Colle di Val d’Elsa, every Friday morning;, - at Poggibonsi, every Tuesday morning;, - at Siena, every Wednesday morning., - at Volterra, every Saturday morning., , Surrounding area, Relax Hotel Aquaviva is also ideal for artistic and cultural holidays., The most important locations in Tuscany that are easily reached:, - Casole d’Elsa 4km, a village of Etruscan origin which has obtained the ‘Orange flag’ ha from the Italian Touring Club, an example of medieval civilization perfectly preserved;, - San Gimignano (17 Km), intact in every way for a leap back to the medieval times;, - Volterra (20 Km) one of the most important Etruscan cities, with a unique museum …, - Siena (30 Km), the city famous for its Palio, run on 2nd July and 16th August every year... - Florence (60 Km), Dante’s city, home of the Renaissance, capital of the Medici family..., - Pisa (60 Km), home of the leaning tower, Piazza dei Miracoli, and Galileo... - Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza (100 Km in total), three towns south of Siena:, - the first famous for the Brunello di Montalcino wine, one of the best in the world;, - the second rich in Renaissance works and its “Nobile” wine;, - city created by Pope Pious the 2nd and the artist Piccolomini..., The lovely beaches of the Tyrrhenian coast are at an hours drive: Cecina, Bibbona, San Vincenzo, Baratti, and many more.