A sustainable way to discover a region with up to seven World Heritage Sites, people can go drive through Tuscany’s stunning landscape in a car powered by natural gas. 360 kilometers from the Renaissance city of Florence to the natural paradise of the Lagoon of Orbetello and only 15 euros on fuel for an unforgettable trip.
A room with a view: This classic British film gave us an open window look at the stunning city of Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and World Heritage Site which is a treasure trove of art and architecture at every turn in its historic city center, from the Piazza del Duomo to the Ponte Vecchio, one of the most beautiful medieval bridges in the world. We head towards the outskirts of the city toward the Piazzale Michelangelo onboard a SEAT Arona TGI to enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the city, and from there we set off for the south west.
Under the Tuscan sun: 60 kilometers away we find ourselves in San Gimignano, also known as the Medieval Manhattan for its particular skyline made up of 13 thirteenth century towers. This is another World Heritage Site that still preserves its feudal atmosphere. The SEAT Arona TGI has a range of up to 360 kilometers in CNG mode and one stop for refueling is enough. Italy is the European country with the highest implementation of CNG, with more than 1,300 refueling stations and plans to increase this number in the next few years.
A gladiator’s paradise: Our journey takes us to the Orcia Valley, where vineyards, cypress and chestnut groves fill a landscape that seduced Ridley Scott himself. This is where he filmed the scenes in Gladiator where Maximus dreams of returning home. 70 kilometers down the road we reach Asciano, the heart of Le Crete Senesi, whose peculiar geological formations of grey clay have a moon-like quality. This is a place for driving on secondary roads that seem more designed for driving pleasure than actually reaching a specific destination. And the design of SEAT’s smallest SUV in the range is ideal for this, for the stability and composure transmitted by its rear wheels, especially in tight bends such as those found in this valley, as well as its agility. Furthermore, driving a CNG vehicle is identical to one fueled with petrol.
A midsummer night’s dream: And in honor of this film, based on the play by William Shakespeare, we spend the night in Montepulciano where it was filmed. We set off again the next morning after storing all our luggage quickly and easily in the 282 liter boot of the SEAT Arona TGI beginning from our hilltop perch, which long ago was occupied by Etruscans and Romans and later attracted humanists and powerful noblemen in the 16th century who commissioned architectural gems such as the Piazza Grande or the Palazzo Comunale.
Life is beautiful: Just over 20 kilometers away, San Quirico d’Orcia is a walled village and its most spectacular entry points are the Porta dei Capuccini and the Porta Nuova. It also features a delightful garden, the Horti Leonini. We are now in the heart of the valley, which is more breathtaking than any idealized mage people may have of Tuscany. With a CNG vehicle, CO2 emissions are reduced by 25% compared to petrol, so it is a much more environmentally friendly way to drive around this World Heritage Site and visit Arezzo, for example, which is where this masterpiece by Roberto Benigni was filmed.
A sunset in Tuscany: Now we reach Orbetello after driving the final 114 kilometers of our journey. Its lagoon is one of the most pristine places in all of Italy. Located on a significant migratory route, it is the resting place of more than 200 species of birds that add a colorful tinge to the coastline. Taking an evening stroll in the Tuscan paradise is the perfect way to end an extraordinary holiday after driving 360 kilometers and spending only 14.96 euros on fuel, which is 50% less than if we had driven a petrol car.
The fuel required by the SEAT Arona TGI:
Up to 360 km range
13.8 kg of CNG
50% savings compared to petrol
25% fewer CO2 emissions