Referring to Italy, everyone will probably think of large squares, paintings on the ceiling from the Renaissance, elaborately designed and built churches or ancient Roman arenas. time color.
But Italy is not only that, this country also has an extremely majestic and magnificent natural scenery. One of the dreams of many tourists coming to Italy is to ride a car in the legendary Val d’Orcia valley once in a lifetime.
For many people, thinking of Tuscany, a region of Central Italy, immediately imagines its verdant and winding hills, with a lone cluster of cypress trees in the middle of the valley, or patches of hilly land. wide with endless yellow where a few bundles of hay seem to be weary of resting here and there… Indeed, you will find all this characteristic in the Val d’Orcia valley to the south of the city. Tuscany.
In Tuscany, you’ll find medieval castles, quaint villages, and charming country houses. And here, your eyes will be treated to endless rows of vineyards or cypress trees and golden fields where wheat seems to be quietly swaying to the rhythm of nature.
Val d’Orcia, as its name suggests, is a valley northeast of Monte Amiata. It extends partly on the territory of the province of Siena and partly on the territory of the province of Grosseto. The area takes its name from the river that is partly responsible for the beauty of these amazing landscapes, the Orcia River, which flows through the valley before emptying into the Ombrone, the Maremma.
Val d’Orcia influenced many artists of the Italian Renaissance. The site was also designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 due to the territory’s excellent conservation status. The absolute and unique “protagonist” of Val d’Orcia is in fact the still pristine and beautiful natural setting, dressed in different colors for each season of the year.
The best time to enjoy the views of Val d’Orcia is from March to July. From March to May is spring time in Italy, the whole valley will be covered with a green color of grass and young wheat. In the summer from May to July, all will put on the yellow shirt of ripe rice, bundles of dried grass are curled up scattered all over the hillside. Next summer is the time when you will see fields of bright red poppy flowers, or fields of yellow canola flowers.
The main cities of the Val d’Orcia are Montalcino, Pienza, San Quirico d’Orcia, Castiglion d’Orcia, Monticchiello, Bagno Vignoni and Bagni San Filippo. The symbol of the Val d’Orcia is the cypress trees scattered on the hillsides.
The region is also famous for its food and wine products, such as pici, a thick spaghetti, Brunello red wine produced in the Montalcino region, Nobile wine produced in Montepulciano and the signature pecorino cheese of the country. Pienza.
At Val d’Orcia, you’ll be able to admire and explore villages like Pienza, the jewel known as the “Ideal City”; a real Renaissance monument designed by pope Pius II. If you have time, you should not miss the town of Montepulciano east of Pienza, this ancient town is also one of the extremely popular tourist attractions.
To move in the Val d’Orcia valley area, it is most convenient to have your own car or if you are an explorer and have good health, you can also choose trekking routes or use bicycles to explore. throughout Val dd’Orcia. You can use a bicycle, scooter or car rental service (if you have an international driver’s license) to enjoy these beautiful roads.
A vacation in Val d’Orcia is a special journey made up of sweet flavors and wonderful landscapes that you will never forget. The best pictures of Tuscany all come from this paradise!