The area surrounding Amant Siena is known as the Crete Senesi which refers to the clay sediments left behind from an ancient sea that submerged this area millions of years ago. The landscape is dramatic and varied. The venue of the residency is located in the hamlet of Chiusure, in the heart of the province of Siena. It sits on a hill overlooking the Unesco Heritage site of the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore founded in the 14th century by Benedictine monks. The abbey, famous for its early Renaissance frescoes by Luca Signorelli and Sodoma, is a short walk from the residencies.