Val d’Orcia, or Valdorcia, is a region of Tuscany, central Italy, which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. Its rolling cultivated hills are occasionally interrupted by badlands and picturesque towns and villages such as Pienza (rebuilt as an "ideal city" in the 15th century under the patronage of Pope Pius II), Radicofani (home of the notorious brigand-hero Ghino di Tacco) and Montalcino (Brunello di Montalcino is counted among the most prestigious Italian wines). Its iconic landscape has been represented in works of art ranging from Renaissance painting to modern photography.
WHAT TO SEE IN VAL D'ORCIA
Medieval castles, ancient villages, charming rural farmhouses, rows and rows of endless vineyards or cypresses and golden fields whose grain seems to sway following the rhythm of nature: these are just some of the characteristics of this fantastic area to be admired by driving along its streets
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