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A trip to Bagno Vignoni and Pienza

Discovering the beauties of the Val d’Orcia by bike

First leg
From San Quirico d'Orcia to Bagno Vignoni
Collegiata dei Santi Quirico e Giulitta, San Quirico d’Orcia
Collegiata dei Santi Quirico e Giulitta, San Quirico d’Orcia - Credit: Shutterstock / Andrea Izzotti

Once you’ve gone through the historical center of San Quirico d’Orcia, take the unpaved road that leads to Ripa d’Orcia and the ancient town of Vignoni. After a 2 kilometre climb, turn left for Vignoni, where you’ll start a steep descent into Bagno Vignoni, a small village that’s famous for its thermal bath facilities.

Second leg
From Bagno Vignoni to Pienza
Pienza - Credit: Serena Puosi

From Bagno Vignoni, continue downhill until you reach the SS 2 Cassia where you turn left (towards San Quirico). Then, at the first intersection, turn right towards Spedaletto, a town you’ll reach after 4 kilometres of smooth cycling. A little further on, turn left and follow the signs to Pienza. While on this road, cyclists can enjoy the Val d’Orcia’s typical landscape. Once you’ve finished your climb towards Pienza, make sure to stop there. A utopian Renaissance hamlet, it certainly deserves a better look. From here, our journey continues up the beautiful ridge. It’s a 9 km ride to San Quirico d’Orcia.

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