Saturday 5 February 2011

Sights of the Valdorcia or Val d'Orcia of Tuscany, Italy

The Val d'Orcia of southern Tuscany is famous for its sweeping landscapes. For many visitors, this aspect of the Valdorcia makes the area more attractive even than the more intimate and more densely populated hillscapes of Chianti. However, it's important not to let the photogenic landscape of the Val d'Orcia distract from the beautiful towns of the area. Among these are San Quirico d'Orcia, Bagno Vignoni and Pienza.

Val d'Ocia, Tuscany, Italy
Classic view of the Val d'Orcia at sunset

In addition, there two not-to-be missed ecclesiastical structures - Sant'Antimo and Abbadia San Salvatore - plus innumerable castles, among them Castiglione d'Orcia. Another sight well worth a visit is Villa La Foce, a villa and farm created and made famous by Iris Origo and her husband, and still owned by their descendants. Monte Amiata, an extinct volcanic cone, dominates almost any view towards the south. The sights of the Valdorcia or Val d'Orcia of Tuscany, Italy, landscape and towns, are the highlight of many a trip to Tuscany so that we always advise our visitors to have two bases for their vacation in Tuscany, one in Chianti and the other in the Valdorcia.

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