If I didn’t convince you yet of the enchanting beauty that exists in Tuscany, follow me to the heart and also my favorite part of this region – the unique Val d’Orcia.
Val d’Orcia is a one of kind area of Tuscany that boasts of endless rolling hills covered with grain or sunflowers, a rich green valley which encompasses the Orcia river, from which the zone derives its name, and the vineyards for the renowned wines of Brunello. It is no wonder that this territory is protected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This region refers, strictly speaking, to the valley of the river Orcia, but in general it refers to the area extending from the hills south of Sienna as far as the Monte Amiata.
The landscape in and around the Val d’Orcia is characterized by beautiful and untouched landscape that stretch over low hills to the horizon, punctuated here and there by isolated farmhouses.
We had the real pleasure in spending our trip in Tuscany at a traditional farmhouse near Siena, Borgo Casato and we fully enjoyed our Tuscan experience. Waking up in the morning seeing the mesmerizing and peaceful view, having breakfast in the garden near the pool and planning our day trips were the perfect kind of spa treatments we needed.
We started our journey on that sunny spring day with a visit to Montepulciano – a medieval town of rare beauty highly recommended while visiting Tuscany a long to a visit at Antica Cafe Poliziano for a tasty cappuccino and a rum baba to die for. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d’Orcia.
Our next stops revealed such beauty and incredible authentic views that delighted our eyes and looked exactly like the photos out of a Pinterest board. A magnificent spectacle unfolded before of us: rolling sunny hills dotted with yellow and red flowers, ancient oak trees, olive groves, scenic country roads winding through perfect vineyards and isolated cypress trees atop hills.
We visited here:
1. Picturesque Pienza – where time seems to slow down while wandering the streets and trying the delicious Pecorino (a typical cheese made with sheep’s milk), with honey and some almond biscotti. By far, Pienza was the most wonderful village in Tuscany where I would go back anytime just to clear my mind and refresh my soul.
2. The walled medieval city of Montalcino – where we had a lovely Tuscan lunch at a restaurant near the historical center that is dominated by the mighty and imposing Rocca. We had there the most special boar stew and, of course, the flavored Brunello. This village is a wonderful place to stroll around among the labyrinth of charming arts and crafts shops, cafes, restaurants and wine bars.
3. Capella della Madonna di Vitaleta in San Quirico d’Orcia – one of the most charming views in the entire area.
Before getting back to the farmhouse we also had a tour (for the second time) in the medieval town of Siena and to end our day trip in the most italian way, we had a fresh gelato in the middle of the well known Pizza del Campo.
This region is very rich in high quality local products such as cheese, olive oil, gorgeous wine resulting from a long and ancient tradition, saffron, mushrooms, chestnuts, truffles, game and a lot of other specialties.
If you want to discover the Tuscany of Your Dreams, a vacation in Val d’Orcia will give memories you will never forget. The most beautiful photos you see of Tuscany come from this paradise so don’t hesitate and book a spring city break in this gorgeous green place!