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Visiting the Val d'Orcia

The Tuscany of Your Dreams

The beautiful and untouched landscape is the absolute protagonist in Valdorcia.

This area of Tuscany boasts of endless rolling hills covered with grain or sunflowers, a rich green valley which encompasses the Orcia river, from which the zone derives its name, and don’t forget the vineyards for the renowned wines of Brunello and the newcomer on the market, the Val d’Orcia DOC. It is no wonder that this territory, which stretches along the provinces of Siena and Grosseto, is protected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Valdorcia Tuscany

Time seems to slow down for picturesque towns like Pienza, a real jewel known as the "Ideal City" and the beautiful Palazzo Piccolomini. Or the little town of Castiglion d'Orcia with its fortress. At the furtherest southern most point there is the hilltop town of Radicofani with its imposing castle tower or go west, towards the walled medieval city of Montalcino and the vineyards of Brunello. A must-see is the beautiful and suggestive Romanesque Abbey of Sant' Antimo, one of the best examples of medieval monastic architecture.

After a day visiting museums, ancient abbeys and castles, you can relax yourself in one of the many thermal baths of the region, such as the ones in Bagno Vignoni or in Bagni di San Filippo.

This region is very rich in high quality local products such as the "pecorino" cheese of Pienza (a typical cheese made with sheep's milk), the genuine olive oil, the gorgeous wine resulting from a long and ancient tradition, saffron, mushrooms, chestnuts, truffles, game and a lot of other specialties.

A vacation in Valdorcia is a special journey between sweet tastes and marvellous panoramas that you will never forget. The most beautiful photos you see of Tuscany come from this paradise!

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