Scansano is known worldwide not as a town but as a type of wine, more preciously known as the Morellino di Scansano. This red wine literally dominates every facet of Scansano.
It brings in billions of dollars each year for local producers and the town itself. It is celebrated as one of Italy’s premier wines and was even mentioned in Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes.
It quite simply supports an entire town almost single-handedly, not mention draws hundreds of tourists/wine connoisseurs to the territory.
Looking past the wine, although it’s quite hard to do, Scansano has a long history, built, according to the most historians, in the 13th century as another of the Aldobrandeschi’s strongholds.
From afar, the town sort of looks like it’s tumbling down the hill it sits on. The old, slanted houses in the town centre are painted striking colours, some yellow, some a faded orange and some a startling salmon pink and they all fit together to give Scansano a rugged, but at the same time, charming atmosphere.
For visitors who aren’t too busy savouring the Morellino di Scansano, there are a series of hiking and biking tracks that run up and down the entire territory, winding through thick fir forests, over tight rivers and through fields of chestnuts and olive groves.
Scansano is also home to the much lauded Teatro Castagnoli, a theatre that hosts musicals, operas and symphonys almost all year round and has transformed the town into an artistic and cultural hub.