Val d’Orcia Guided Tour
Through my Val d’Orcia guided tour, lasting for a whole day, you will discover the beauties of this famous area of Tuscany
The landscape of Val d’Orcia has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The route starts from San Quirico d’Orcia, a village of Etruscan origins and important halting place in the Middle Ages. In the center we visit the places linked to the passage of pilgrims, such as the courtyard of the ancient La Scala hospital and the church of Santa Maria Assunta.
From the streets of the center we will move towards the quiet of the Horti Leonini, one of the most spectacular examples on the territory of Italian garden. Returning into the historic center, we will visit the Collegiate of San Quirico and Giulitta, an admirable examples of romanesque architecture.
Pienza, the ideal Renaissance town of Pope Pio II
After San Quirico, we set off for Pienza. The view on the road of the farmhouses and the cypresses marking the tops of the slopes will make you astonished. It will always be in this section where you can see one of the most admired and photographed places of Tuscany by tourists from all over the world: the Vitaleta Chapel.
We will visit the town, which, with its Cathedral, the square and the surrounding palaces, represents a concrete example of the Renaissance architecture ideals, transformed by the Pope Pius II’s will into a modern town.
For the lunch break we can stop in a farm of the area, where we will taste the typical dishes of this magical land, often prepared with ingredients obtained from organic farming.
The last stop of our Val d’Orcia guided tour will be Montepulciano
The village that, according to the French writer Paul Bourget – one of the many foreign intellectuals who stayed in the town between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – is of a “fierce beauty, set in its bastions with a clear design as a geometry survey“.
Inside the historic center you will discover the beauty of Piazza Grande, the heart of the village, around which the main monuments still rise, such as the Palazzo del Comune – made with the typical XV century florentine style – Palazzo Nobili Tarugi and the Cathedral, an impressive building that preserves masterpieces of 14th century Sienese painting.
At the end of this long journey you will return home aware of bringing with you, among the memories of your trip, one of the most beautiful corners of Tuscany.