San Quirico d’Orcia, a charming village in the Val d’Orcia
The village owes its fortune to the position on the path of the Via Francigena; we find it mentioned in Sigeric’s itinerary (10th century) with the name of “Sce Quiric”.
According to archaeological findings, a first settlement was founded by the Etruscans.
During the thirteenth century San Quirico came under the control of Siena. During the XV century the Sienese enlarged and restructured several times the city walls that are largely preserved to our times.
Things to do in San Quirico d’Orcia: the guide
Walking through the main street, via Dante Alighieri, from north to south, you will find the main historical buildings of San Quirico: La Collegiata, Palazzo Chigi, the church of San Francesco (Saint Francis) and church of Santa Maria Assunta.
- Collegiata dei Santi Quirico e Giulitta
- Palazzo Chigi
- Chiesa di San Francesco
- Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta
- Horti Leonini
Collegiata dei santi Quirico e Giulitta
It is a romanesque church built in the 12th century and renovated in the following century.
The Church has a very simple facade embellished by a magnificent portal with a round arch decorated with knotted columns resting on lions. The lintel is decorated with a bas-relief with monsters (crocodiles?); in the lunette of the portal there is a statue of San Quirico .
Remarkable also the two portals on the left of the Church, particularly the left onw presenting two caryatids resting over Lions.
Inside there is a polyptych by Sano di Pietro, Madonna col Bambino e quattro Santi and a wooden choir by Antonio Barili.
Built in the XVII century, today is the building of the municipality. Inside are preserved numerous frescos of roman painters.
Chiesa di San Francesco
The church of Saint Francis, also known as Chiesa della Madonna di Vitaleta, contains a terracotta depicting the Madonna attributed to Andrea della Robbia and others pieces of art dated between the XV and the XVII century.
Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta
This small romanesque church, XI century, has one nave ending in an apse and a nice portal open on the left side.
The Horti Leonini are a wonderful example of italian garden. This park was created around the middle of the sixteenth century by Diomede Leoni in an area next to the city walls. In the centre of this garden, between nice flowerbeds, stands the statue of Grand Duke Cosimo III de ‘ Medici (1688).
What to see around San Quirico d’Orcia
Another famous panoramic view point is located about halfway between San Quirico and Montalcino. Is a group of cypresses isolated in the countryside protagonists of countless photographs.
To reach them (from San Quirico) you must take the Strada Regionale 2 (Regionl Road number 2) for about 6 kilometers.
Just south of San Quirico (about 5 Km) you can find the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni. Few kilometres beyond Bagno Vignoni, you can visite the “two towers” of the Val d’Orcia: Castiglione d’Orcia and Rocca d’Orcia.
How to get to San Quirico d’Orcia
By car: from north get to Siena taking the raccordo autostradale Firenze-Siena then continue on SR2 till destination.
From south A1 highway till the exit Chiusi/Chianciano Terme, then SP146 in direction of Chianciano, after 6km turn on SP19 and on the right on SP40 in direction of Abbadia San Salvatore; after 10km turn on the right to San Quirico d’Orcia.
By bus: from Siena line 112 or line 54A by Siena Mobilità.
By train: the closest train station is in Buonconvento, from there you have to take a bus, line 112 by Siena Mobilità