Top 10 Sights to visit in Val d’Orcia: The Paradise of Tuscany!
The southern part of Tuscany, known with the beautiful name of Val d’Orcia, is Tuscany at its best. I have to admit that it’s the part of Tuscany I’ve fallen in love with and that honestly I prefer.
You can’t come to Tuscany without visiting this paradise! A journey to Valdorcia will lead you through some of the most enticing scenery imaginable.
Top Destinations to visit in Valdorcia
1- Pienza: spectacular and perfect Renaissance hill town boasting a unique panorama all over the Orcia Valley. Don’t miss the Pecorino cheese rolling tournament taking place at the beginning of September.
2- Montalcino: the perfect medieval hill-top town, popular as the home of the Brunello di Montalcino, extraordinary red wine. Walk around its battlements to have a breathtaking view.
3- Sant’Antimo Abbey: one of the most beautiful and fascinating Romanesque abbeys in Italy, founded by Charlemagne, according to legend. Not to be missed.
4- Bagno Vignoni: charming and atmospheric tiny Renaissance village with fantastic hot spring waters and a huge thermal pool as its central square!
5- Rocca d’Orcia or Rocca a Tentennano: imposing medieval tower spectacularly rising on a rocky outcrop and dominating all the Valdorcia with a breathtaking unforgettable panorama.
6- Castiglione d’Orcia: lovely village just below the rocca, with three wonderful medieval churches with panels by Pietro Lorenzetti.
7- San Quirico d’Orcia: typically medieval walled village with the beautiful Romanesque church La Collegiata and the 16th century Horti Leonini gardens.
8- Radicofani: the Fortress and Castle of Radicofani, 783 mt above the sea level, boasts stunning views. Its name is connected to Ghino di Tacco, a bandit of the 14th century mentioned by both Dante and Boccaccio in their writings.
9- Monastery of Sant’Anna in Camprena: stupendous monastery surrounded by a landscape of unusual beauty; chosen as a location for filming the famous movie “The English Patient”.
10- Bagni di San Filippo: renowned for its curative sulphur hot springs cascading from scenic calcareous white rocks. Enjoy its thermal waters in the modern spa.
As you can see from the photos, the landscape of the Val d’Orcia is absolutely unique and outstanding! a true spectacle for your eyes:-)
… scenic hills running gently one after the other as if part of a painting, the cypresses, olive groves and vineyards, gentle slopes marked at intervals by fortresses, enchanting castles, solitary farmhouses, extraordinary medieval towns atop hills…
Have you ever been to Val d’Orcia? If not you should definitely do!
By the way, what’s the part of Tuscany you love most?