The Val d’Orcia, a blend of art and landscape, is an expression of wonderful natural features, making it unique in the world. Crossing it means enjoying breathtaking views, wonderful landscapes and many locations celebrated by artists and directors.
This valley is considered by the UNESCO an exceptional example of how the landscape was redesigned in the Renaissance period to reflect the ideals of “good governance” (14th and 15th centuries), typical of the Italian City-state. These beautiful sights had long been celebrated by the painters of the Sienese school, which flourished between the 13th and 15th centuries.
As you enter the landscape of the Crete Senesi, southeast of Siena and Val d’Orcia, you appear to be stepping into another world, one which can only be described as “lunar” with its soft sloping grey colored hills, almost entirely deprived of color, or in deep green depending on the season, dotted with gullies, biancane and rows of cypress trees. This represents the most authentic Tuscany.