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Top 10 Sights to visit in Val d’Orcia: The Paradise of Tuscany!

Last Updated on Thursday 07th, November 2013 / 15:48 Written by
Top 10 Sights to visit in Val d’Orcia: The Paradise of Tuscany!
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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.

Pienza in Valdorcia, Siena

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.

Village of Montalcino, Tuscan

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.

The Abbey of Sant'Antimo

4- Bagno Vignoni: charming and atmospheric tiny Renaissance village with fantastic hot spring waters and a huge thermal pool as its central square!

Bagno Vignoni thermal village in Tuscany

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.

Rocca d'Orcia in Tuscany

6- Castiglione d’Orcia: lovely village just below the rocca, with three wonderful medieval churches with panels by Pietro Lorenzetti.

Castiglione d'Orcia, village in Valdorcia

7- San Quirico d’Orcia: typically medieval walled village with the beautiful Romanesque church La Collegiata and the 16th century Horti Leonini gardens.

San Quirico d'Orcia and the 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.

The Fortress of Radicofani in Valdorcia

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”.

Sant'Anna in Camprena Monastery

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.

Bagni di San Filippo, Tuscany

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?

About the author

Hi! My name is Elena, I'm a travel writer and a happy mom living near Florence. I love to explore Tuscany to discover special places and I have a great passion for Tuscan Cooking. On this blog I share my experiences on special hotels and places to visit in Tuscany and Italy, and about my grandmother's tasty Recipes! I'm happy to help travelers plan their holiday in Tuscany :-)

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3 Comments on “Top 10 Sights to visit in Val d’Orcia: The Paradise of Tuscany!

  • I have visited Tuscany many times (by car) and my favourite place so far has been the little village of Lucignano (southeast) but there are so many beautiful places to choose from!

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  • Elena, I am traveling to Tuscan region from Nov 14- 22 and wanted to know if you have specific on Bagni di San Filippo being open that timeframe and a direct route to get there? Thank you so much for your help!

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    • elena nacci Post author

      Hi Stephanie,
      Bagni di San Filippo is a lovely place, I think you refer to its thermal baths, that are now unfortunately closed until 2016. Near Bagni di San Filippo is another fantastic thermal hill town, the beautiful Bagno Vignoni, where you can choose among 2 hotels.
      Let me know if I can be of any further help,
      elena

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