This picturesque valley takes its name from the river Orcia that flows among it. Val d’Orcia extends from the south of Siena to Monte Amiata. The particularity and the beauty of this territory owes to its volcanic origin, Val d’Orcia being the volcanic cone of Monte Amiata. Since 2004 Val d’Orcia is protected as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The gentle and cultivated hills, winding roads adorned with cypresses, historic towns and villages make this valley very attractive for bike and moto riders. This area does not have dense vegetation, therefore the single trees and cypress alley stand apart so vividly that the passing byes cannot help stopping and admiring these enchanting views.
The tree in this photo grows near Buonconvento village.
The territory of Val d’Orcia is rich not only in beautiful views. Picturesque towns and villages like Pienza, San Quirico d’Orcia, Montalcino, Montepulciano were the mediaeval landmarks of the area. The hills of Val d’Orcia are particularly suitable for cultivation of vines. Some of world famous and prestigious wines like Brunello di Montalcino or Rosso Montepulciano, along with delicious Pienza cheese are produced in this region.
The view over San Gimignano
The high interest and tourist flow to Val d’Orcia permits to discover and enhance every spot of this mesmerizing territory, like the trip on Trenonatura train. The old train connecting Asciano and Monte Antico was decommissioned in 1994. The beautiful historic railway that crosses breathtaking views and historic towns in Val d’Orcia has now become a coveted tourist attraction. The trip 51 km long in the old fashioned steam train is a new way to enjoy Val d’Orcia