Crete Senesi, literally Siennese Clays is an area near Siena, Tuscany. They are also called “Il deserto di Accona”, Accona’s Desert.
The gray colouration of the soil gives Crete Senesi a desert appearance and during the Middle Ages, this area was depopulated due to the plague and the lack of cultivate fields. This lack of cultivation favoured the erosion of the soil and the creation of the desert hills called Crete Senesi, even if now this area is used for cereals to grow. This area includes the little towns of Asciano, Buonconvento, S.Giovanni D’Asso, Monteroni D’Arbia and Rapolano Terme and is famous for white truffles.
This is one of the few areas, in Italy, where you can find the deadly Mediterranean Latrodectus Mactans, the Black Widow here called Vedova Nera or Malmignatta. Lastly, if you meet a sniper-like snake, don’t kill it! It’s probably a Colubro di Riccioli, Coronella Girondica, a very rare, endangered, and harmless snake!
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