is an example of universal, rural values. In 2004, the Committee decided to add the entire Val d’Orcia area to its list of World Heritage Sites, as it reflects how natural landscape was redesigned during the Renaissance to showcase the ideals of good government and uphold well-developed esthetic principles
Landscape paintings of the Val d’Orcia area were popular in the Renaissance and they profoundly influenced the genre in Tuscany throughout the centuries that followed. These four cardinal points of interest are nestled in pristine landscape.
While in the area, make sure to appreciate the lush Amiata forests, the lovely Val di Merse, the elegance of the Chianti territory, the harmony of the Val di Chiana, the power of the Crete and the magic of the Val d’Elsa.