Val d'Orcia
Val d'Orcia

Which are the top things to do in Val d’Orcia?

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!

1) Montalcino

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).

Enjoy Montalcino and its famous wine!

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.

The Romanesque materpiece Abbey of Sant'Antimo in Tuscany
Abbey of Sant’Antimo

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.

Collegiata dei santi Quirico e Giulitta Pienza
Collegiate church of the saints Quirico and Giulitta

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.

Top Things to do in Val d'Orcia: Bagno Vignoni and its hot springs
Bagno Vignoni

5) Pienza

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.

Things to do in Val d'Orcia: visit Pienza a Renaissance Town

6) Monticchiello

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.

Things to do in Val d'Orcia: visit Monticchiello and its Poor Theatre

7) Castiglione d’Orcia

The Rocca Aldobrandesca (castle) is the most important monument of the small town of Castiglione d’Orcia.

Castiglione d'Orcia Piazza Vecchietta
Castiglione d’Orcia Piazza Vecchietta (Photo by Fabio Poggi / CC BY)

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.

Rocca d'Orcia Rocca a Tentennano
Rocca a Tentennano

9) Radicofani

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.

Things to do in Val d'Orcia: visit the Castle of Radicofani
The castle of Radicofani

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.

Things to do in Val d'Orcia: enjoy the countryside and its nature!
The landscape of Val d’Orcia

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