The surroundings


The Val d' Orcia is a wide valley located in Tuscany, in the province of Siena and in part within that of Grosseto, northeast of Mount Amiata and the border with Umbria. Crossed by the river Orcia, which gives it its name, is considered one of the wonders of Italy. In 2004 the UNESCO declared World Heritage Site with the following motivation: "It 's the unique witness to the way in which the landscape was modified during the Renaissance to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create at the same time a glance aesthetically pleasing . "

This area includes the towns of Pienza, San Quirico d' Orcia , Montalcino, Castiglion d' Orcia , Radicofani . Ranging from the extraordinary architecture of Pienza , the village that in 1462 Pope Pius II, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, transformed into the ideal city, giving his name to the walls of the place where he Montichiello Poor Theatre, the only theater tradition in which the people interpret itself, on a text written by themselves and performing in the streets of the country. Comes to Leonini of San Quirico d' Orcia gardens built around 1580 by Diomede Leoni, and the saga of the Mille Miglia vintage cars that just touches the Val d'Orcia in its most evocative stages . He climbs up to Castiglione d' Orcia , perched on the summit under the foot of the Amiata , side by side with the Rocca di Tentennano , a fortress that offered shelter to Saint Catherine , the patron saint of Europe and Italy .

It also includes the vineyards of Montalcino and its exquisite Brunello , the wine famous all over the world and the local specialties : pici ( handmade pasta ) , the delicious pecorino cheese , olive oil, honey, meat and quinine fantastic cinta Senese pork . All the while in the picturesque abbey of Sant 'Antimo the monks sing Gregorian chants and a mist rising from the deep basin of Bagno Vignoni. But if you want to get away for a moment from this land we dive in places not less important , as with the famous Vino Nobile Montepulciano, Cortona , Arezzo , Sarteano , Perugia with its beautiful Lake Trasimeno, Chiusi with the many testimonies of the Etruscans, and do not forget , if you want to relax , the precious thermal waters in Chianciano Terme, BagniVignone, San Casciano dei Bagni and Rapolano .

 

Sarteano


Located in San Lorenzo place, you can visit the Collegiate Church of the twelfth century , remodeled and expanded subsequently , the church of San Martino in court that it houses the Annunciation by Domenico Beccafumi , and the Civic Archaeological Museum , housed in Gabrielli Palace, which preserves local materials, and the recent discovery of ancient artifacts , and archaeological evidence from the nearby necropolis . After only 7 km away. reach Cetona, medieval town of Etruscan origin .