Like much of Tuscany, the Val di Merse region is renowned for its unspoilt countryside, and the commune of Murlo is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in the region. Located at slight altitude amongst a number of valleys and rivers, holiday rental accommodation in Murlo often provides stunning views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside, and gives visitors the ideal base to discover a charming village that has changed little over the past 700 years.
Around the village are a number of important Etruscan sites, many of which can be reached by following winding tracks that have been in place for many centuries. A great place to start is the Antiquarium di Poggio Civitate Archaeological Museum, which is housed in a former Bishop’s palace and displays important finds from the local area.
Nature lovers will find that the region makes for great walking and hiking, with the area around Murlo characterized by dense woodland, winding brooks and rivers and Mediterranean scrubland. A lack of disturbance to the landscape means that a huge array of wildlife can be spotted out in the countryside, including wild boar, deer, foxes, squirrels, badgers and numerous forms of birdlife.
There is also much to be seen in Murlo when it comes to historical buildings. The 12th Century Castello di Murlo has been converted into a number of smaller buildings, which surround the aforementioned Bishops palace and the village cathedral. The main piazza is a great meeting point and also where you will find some of the village’s finest architecture.
Within the commune of Murlo alone are eleven frazioni (villages), which offer a great starting point for those planning a holiday of exploring the surrounding area and can all be reached within minutes by car. Outside of this are numerous surrounding villages, with Monticiano (27km) and Sovicille (29km) particular highlights. One of the key sights to visit in the Val di Merse region is the Abbey of San Galgano (19km), home of the famous Sword in the Stone.
The weather in Murlo is characterised by hot summers and cool winters. July and August are the warmest months in which to visit, when the daily average is just above 30C. This is also the time of year when rainfall is at its lowest, so those planning to visit during this period should book their self-catering accommodation in Murlo well in advance.
A new airport is proposed for construction in Siena, and will become the nearest airport for those visiting Murlo. Until then, holidaymakers should fly to either Florence Peretola Airport (FLR) or Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA), which are located 74km and 100km from Murlo respectively.