The top 10 things to see in Val d’Orcia
Val d’Orcia is one of the most popular destinations among tourists who come from all over the world to see its beauties.
Let’s find out the treasures of Val d’Orcia!
Native land of the famous wine Brunello, Montalcino is also a beautiful medieval town. After a walk in the historical city centre, we suggest to visit the castle and the museums (musei riuniti).
2) Abbey of Sant’Antimo
According to legend the abbey was founded by Charlemagne (Charles the Great) in the 781. The benedictine Abbey of Sant’Antimo is one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Tuscany. Even today the Abbey preserves tradition of Gregorian chants, passed down over the centuries by monks who lived in.
3) San Quirico d’Orcia
The ancient walled town of San Quirico is located in the heart of the Val d’Orcia. There are many things to see here: between all monuments, the most interesting are the Collegiate church of the saints Quirico and Giulitta and the garden of the Horti Leonini.
4 Bagno Vignoni
Are you looking for a thermal bath? Here you can find what you need: Bagno Vignoni is a renowned health resort since the time of the ancient Romans.
Home town of the pope Papa Pio II who wanted the create here the “ideal city”, Pienza is a masterpiece of the Renaissance art. You can find the most important monuments on the main square (Piazza Pio II): the Duomo (Cathedral), the Palazzo Borgia, the Palazzo Piccolomini Palace and the Palazzo Comunale.
Situated just a short distance from Pienza, Monticchiello is a typical medieval village. This small town is famous for its “Teatro Povero” (Poor Theater). In this theater the inhabitants are both actors and spectators.
7) Castiglione d’Orcia
The Rocca Aldobrandesca (castle) is the most important monument of the small town of Castiglione d’Orcia.
8) Rocca d’Orcia
Situated on a hill a short distance from Castiglione, Rocca d’Orcia is a tiny medieval village dominated by the Rocca (castle) a Tentennano.
Documented since the tenth century, the fortress (“Rocca“) of Radicofani has guarded for many centuries the Via Francigena. In addition to the fortress, the village deserves to be taken into consideration, in particular deserve a visit the churches of Saint Peter and Saint Agatha.
10) The landscape
Last but not the least, the landscape!
The landscape is one of the strenght poi of Val d’Orcia: there are several fascinating sights into this land.