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Val d’Orcia, Montalcino

Val d’Orcia is that part of Tuscany in the province of Siena, stretching between Florence and Bolsena, crossed by the river Orcia, showing the path followed by the mediaeval Via Cassia.

The main centers of Val d’Orcia are San Quirico, Radicofani, Castiglione, Montalcino and towards the Valdichiana Montepulciano and Pienza. The presence in the valley of ViaFrancigena increased the development of the area in ancient times and created the need of systematic building of castles and fortresses.

The characteristic landscape is characterized by gentle slopes and hills with patches of colours made by fields in bloom, interspersed with rows of cypress trees, overlooking, farms, cottages and ancient forts. There also are well-ordered vineyards and chestnut arriving at the slopes of Mount Amiata.

In Valdorcia there are many interesting things to see. For example Montalcino, known by everyone in the production of Brunello, is also worth visiting for its enviable historical centre, its Rocca dating back to 1361, its Palazzo Comunale buit around 1200 and its Gothic arcade.

In Pienza, visitors can appreciate Palazzo Piccolomini, the Palazzo Vescovile and Cathedral of the Assunta.

In Radicofani they can admire some of the most impressive medieval fortesses in Tuscany with towers dating to the year 1000 and some beautiful churches.

In San Quirico d’Orcia tourists can enjoy the “Horti Leonini”, Italian-style gardens dating back to 1540.

In San Gimignano there are fourteen towers, so worthy that the whole valley has been included since 2004 the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Making a holiday in Val d’Orcia is a really valuable experience, both for the beauty of the landscapes, to revive the ancient medieval atmosphere of ancient Tuscan villages, and to taste the local products, first of all the wine Brunello di Montalcino.Special products of this area are also extra virgin olive oil and cheeses of superior quality.

In Vald’Orcia visitors can stay in one of the many excellent quality holiday farms.Many B & B enable to sleep, have breakfast and visit the area with low costs. Of course there are also many traditional hotels, often located in an idyllic location, and build in renovated old houses and old farms. They offers an atmosphere of another era beloved by Italians and foreigners.

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