In fact is is the most photographed part of the Tuscan countryside and as you drive around and explore it, you too will find it hard to resist the urge to keep on taking photos. At every twist and turn of the road, you will see breathtaking landscapes, one after the other.
The geographical history of the area started 5 million years ago when the sea retreated, leaving behind a landscape of sand and clay which is still prevalent today. Several years later, the two volcanoes Radicofani and Monte Amiata covered the area with lava that became the rocks known as trachyte. Residents in the area have sought to resist the pressures of modern development, and have maintained the old tradition of preserving the relationship between people and the environment.
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A wide range of quality gastronomic products are produced in Val d'Orcia, such as olive oil, wine, cheese, saffron and honey. The landscape is depicted in many paintings from the Renaissance and is thus a typical example of the Renaissance. The paintings depict landscapes where people live in harmony with nature.
Worth visiting in the Val d'Orcia area are the countryside villages of Pienza, Radicofani, Montalcino, Castiglione d'Orcia and the churches of St. Antimo, Spedaletto and St. Anna. There are many fantastic routes for walking or cycling. This area is also famous for having been home to a number of film locations for famous films such as "The English Patient," "Gladiator" and "Life is beautiful".
Val d'Orcia was included in UNESCO'S 2004 list of locations worthy of preserving and is known for having one of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth.
You can choose from our collection of handpicked holiday accommodation in the very scenic area of Val d'Orcia. Feel free to ask our experienced travel experts for advice on the best places to stay, or have a look through the catalogue and choose whatever suits you best.