Discovery the Italian Desert
Not everyone knows that Italy has a desert area.
The land is between the towns of :
-Buonconvento, Asciano e Montalcino.
Since Middle age this area is called Desert but in the present day, thanks to the intensive human activities, remains only a little part of desert.
If you want to see what remains of the desertic land, you have to go to Biancane Leonina, the badlands di Chiusure and the Monte Oliveto.
COMPOSITION OF THE SOIL
The soil is mostly clay with the presence of gypsum and rock salt
ACTIVITY ‘OF MAN
Man has “fought” the aridity of the desert with the most modern agricultural techniques and irrigation.
For this in the area they are cultivated olive trees and sunflowers.
the areas where you can find the desert remains are very few.
Monte Oliveto is located in the town of Asciano, is most famous for the presence of the Abbey of Monte Oliveto founded by Blessed Bernardo Tolomei.
you can see the huge park that surrounds the abbey with a forest composed of cypress trees, pines and oaks.
In the park there is also the “cave where the Blessed Bernardo spent periods as a hermit.
All around the abbey you can see the rocky part dell’italico desert, made up canyon from crumbling walls covered with shrubs.
BIANCANE OF LEONINA
territory unique in its kind.
In this area, between Asciano and Taverne d’Arbia, there are very few trees and tall vegetation.
Unlike the Monte Oliveto here up and down it is sweeter and can be found here and there ponds.
BADLANDS OF CHIUSURE
Chiusure is a small village that is part of Asciano and is located in an area that has both Bianca and tioiche Leonina that the badlands of Monte Oliveto.