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Orcia Valley: marvelous valley to explore from Antiche Mura

The Val d'Orcia, in the heart of Tuscany, is a destination that enchants with its picturesque views, rich history and deep cultural and culinary traditions. This area, famous for its idyllic landscapes dotted with cypress trees and medieval villages, invites immersive explorations of nature, architecture and local flavors. The region offers a journey through time, from majestic Pienza, an example of Renaissance architecture, to silent abbeys and castles that tell centuries of history.
VAL D'ORCIA CIPRESSI - Orcia Valley

Welcome to the Orcia Valley ! B&B Antiche Mura, strategically located in the heart of Arezzo, proves to be the optimal starting point for exploring the wonders of this region, the quintessence of Tuscan charm. Get ready for an exploration that will take you through medieval-era villages, spectacular natural landscapes and sites of historical value that tell the thousand-year story of art, traditions and gastronomy. From the architectural splendor of Pienza to the peace of Sant’Antimo Abbey, from the ‘iconic sight of lonely cypresses to the genuine flavors of Pienza pecorino cheese and Brunello di Montalcino, every moment will be an unforgettable piece of your journey. Join us to discover the hidden jewels of the Val d’Orcia and be captivated by its timeless beauty.

Pienza

Conceived by the humanistic vision of Pope Pius II, Pienza stands as an emblem of Renaissance urban utopia, where architectural balance is beautifully interwoven with the breathtaking landscape of the Orcia Valley. Its harmonious, winding streets lead to the imposing Piazza Pio II, embraced by iconic monuments such as the Duomo and the Palazzo Piccolomini. Famous for its pecorino cheese, an authentic expression of Tuscan gastronomy, Pienza invites you to taste the culinary excellence of the region, immersed in a setting of rare beauty.

The Chapel of Vitaleta

A picturesque symbol of Tuscany, the Chapel of Vitaleta stands isolated amid the soft undulations of the Val d’Orcia, a guardian of a thousand-year history. Its soaring figure, a beacon in the landscape, marks the entrance into a timeless dimension, making it one of Italy’s most celebrated and photographed destinations. Through a path that winds through nature, this little church constitutes a place of meditation and serenity, set in a context of pure wonder.

The Town of Castiglione d’Orcia

At the center of the Val d’Orcia, Castiglione d’Orcia unfolds beneath its dominant fortress, an echo of feudal nobles and ancient conflicts. The Tentennano Tower, guardian of the valley, offers a privileged view of the surroundings, ranging from medieval villages to cultivated fields. Rocca d’Orcia, with its stone pathways and historic dwellings, is an invitation to rediscover the authenticity of bygone eras in one of Tuscany’s most fascinating places.

San Quirico D’Orcia

An ancient stop on the Via Francigena, San Quirico d’Orcia retains its ancient splendor with Romanesque religious buildings, medieval bastions and the Horti Leonini, a jewel of Italianate gardening. The village, crisscrossed by streets laden with memory, offers itineraries between art and greenery, offering memorable views and the opportunity to immerse oneself in an atmosphere of bygone eras, where every corner tells of travelers, artists and aristocracy.

The Abbey of Sant’Antimo

A legendary creation attributed to Charlemagne, the Abbey of Sant’Antimo stands out as an admirable specimen of Romanesque architecture, set in a landscape of exceptional splendor. Gregorian chants, echoing through its ancient walls, transport visitors back in time to an era of intense spirituality. This sacred place, in addition to being a treasure trove of art, proves to be a haven of quiet and contemplation, where modern frenzy seems to suspend itself.

The Town of “Bagno Vignoni”

Bagno Vignoni, known for its unique thermal water square, has been a hub of life since Roman times. Its springs, celebrated for their healing virtues, have attracted travelers from all ages, from saints to rulers. This area retains its historical enchantment today, offering the chance to literally immerse oneself in the waters of history. Bagno Vignoni is a place where nature and history intertwine harmoniously, providing an unparalleled experience in this idyllic corner of Tuscany.

Montacino

Dominating the Tuscan hills, Montalcino, a medieval fortress, is world-renowned for Brunello, a symbol of Italian wine excellence. But Montalcino is also a journey through time, with its ancient fortifications, majestic fortress and cobblestone streets winding between buildings steeped in history. To visit Montalcino is to explore a village where time seems to stand still, leaving intact the narrative of centuries of conflict, art and culture. Museums, churches and the scenic Palazzo Comunale Tower complete the exploration, revealing Montalcino as a crossroads of history and nature.

The cypresses of Orcia Valley

Iconic symbols of the Val d’Orcia, cypresses draw the Tuscan landscape, becoming emblems of timeless natural beauty. Rising solemnly or following the curves of roads, these majestic trees create postcard-perfect scenery, especially at sunset time, when the sky is ablaze with red. Their elegant silhouette provides a breathtaking visual contrast against the sky and earth, inspiring artists and photographers from all over with their imposing presence.

Monticchiello

This medieval village, perched on high ground, retains an authenticity that defies time, with its sturdy walls protecting narrow alleys and stone dwellings. Monticchiello is renowned for its “Poor Theater,” a cultural expression where the inhabitants become the protagonists of stories that interweave village life with universal themes. To walk through Monticchiello is to rediscover the essence of a past that is still alive, in a place where history, art and community come together in a unique experience.

Castle of Spedaletto

An ancient grange on the Via Francigena, Spedaletto Castle now welcomes visitors by offering a plunge into the medieval history of the Val d’Orcia. This manor, with its old-world charm and surrounding panorama, invites visitors to discover the serenity and beauty of the surrounding countryside. Exploring Spedaletto Castle and its surroundings allows you to connect with the region’s history, offering a glimpse into Tuscany’s rural tradition and its rich culinary heritage.

Orcia Valley welcomes you

Concluding your itinerary among the wonders of the Val d’Orcia, we encourage you to fully immerse yourself in these unforgettable experiences. B&B Antiche Mura  will be your ideal retreat after adventurous days filled with new discoveries, immersed in an environment that celebrates the poetry of nature. Seize the opportunity to forge magical memories in one of the most enchanting places on the planet. Contact us now to arrange your stay at B&B Antiche Mura and start dreaming of your future vacation in the enchanting Val d’Orcia.

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