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Trails of the Val d’Orcia

Taking time to see the countryside

Val d’Orcia is not a place that can be seen in a hurry. Lanes, cart-tracks and pathways invite the visitor to move slowly and enjoy views and monuments. You’ll find lovely landscape details in the area like hamlets, isolated cypresses and erosion furrows. Whether you are travelling on foot, on horseback or by bike, or with a group of friends or specialised agency, the ancient roads of Val d’Orcia offer a great variety of itineraries. You needn’t be a great hiker or tour cyclist. Those visiting the Sienese territory by car can park for a few hours and go walking along one of the many routes indicated—all you need is a knapsack, a solid pair of shoes, a waterproof jacket and a sunhat.

Wine lovers can go up to Montalcino through the Brunello vineyards. Those who prefer panoramic views can follow the ridge between Radicofani and Contignano, opposite the Amiata. The pathway leading to the Orcia gorges offers Mediterranean atmospheres and flora. The trail that passes through the Orcia gorges from Bagno Vignoni leads to Ripa d’Orcia, the 20th century reconstruction of a fort that belonged to the Salimbeni and Piccolomini families. Ripa and its view of Amiata can also be reached from San Quirico by a dirt road that passes by the village and the tower of Vignoni. Going up from Castiglione d’Orcia to the Vivo you’ll be immersed in volcano forests. Between Monticchiello and Pienza, or around Sant’Anna in Camprena, you can enjoy the undulating outlines of hills that seem to stretch toward infinity. At the Val d’Orcia Park, you can obtain a guide for excursions on foot or by bike (tel. 0577 898303).
 
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In the heart of Terre di Siena the scenery is stripped bare, accompanied by hills and crevices, the winding river, cypresses that crown hills in isolation or that follow the roads in tidy rows. ...
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