The Val d'Orcia is an area south of Siena in which nature, history and culture blend together perfectly. For this very reason – the perfect combination of natural scenery and the work of mankind, the area features on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list. The recognition stems from decisions made by the communities, councils and friends of the Val d'Orcia, everyone who has contributed to uphold the historical, cultural, environmental and manufacturing identity of this area.
Visit Castiglione d'Orcia with its beautiful fortresses: Tentennano is the most famous; Montalcino, not just the home of Brunello as well as the artistic town renowned for its striking fortress and the diocesan and civic museum; Pienza, masterpiece of Renaissance architectural balance built by Pope Pius II; Radicofani, with its 20th-century tower that dominates the whole of the Val d'Orcia; and San Quirico, with the collegiate church and the Hortii Leonini gardens. Also check out the spa towns of Bagno Vignoni and San Filippo.
In addition to the nature and culture, the Val d’Orcia is all about food and wine: Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino and DOC Orcia, pecorino di Pienza, oil and saffron.
The Val d'Orcia is the exceptional example of how the natural scenery was redesigned in the Renaissance period to reflect the ideals of good government and to create an aesthetically pleasing image. The painters of the Sienese school dedicated countless works to the scenery of the Val d'Orcia, celebrating the harmony between humans and nature and which became icons of the Renaissance, deeply influencing the way of seeing the landscape in the years to come.