Val D’Orcia is situated in the south of Tuscany and is an agricultural area bordering the neighbouring region of Lazio.
Valdorcia’s landscape is formed by a soft everlasting rolling hills with a wonderful diversify of torrents, ravines, rocky outcrops, river banks which are interlaced until loosing in the ash-coloured of the far-off “Crete”. However, this scenery changes when you arrive to the majestic Monte Amiata, a superb mountain with pretty rich vegetation and abounding with springs of crystal waters.
This agricultural area developed when it was included in the city-state Siena’s territory during the 14th and 15th centuries, in order to be a sign of an ideal representation of good governance producing an aesthetically agreeable natural picture.
All the structures which were built-up along this area, once traversed by the ancient roads of Rome -The Francigena - like abbeys, inns, temples and bridges created a landscape which was particularly celebrated by the great Renaissance Siennese’s painters, as well as by the romantic writers who were coming from England, France o Germany. Today it keeps on fascinating artists, men of letters, intellectuals and tourists who are coming from distant
Nowadays, Val D’Orcia continue being a fresh and unspoilt area, where the agricultural economy based on innovative land managements systems and the natural materials originated in the area are constantly protecting the relationship between man and the environment.
Where to sleep in Castiglion D'Orcia
Main Towns of Valdorcia
Radicofani, Sarteano, Cetona,
San Quirico D'Orcia,
Bagni San Filippo,
Abbadia and Monte Amiata
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