The Val d’Orcia, is a Tuscan Valley in the central Italy,
The area extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. It is characterised by gentle, rollings cultivated hills by picturesque Historical towns and villages such as Pienza (rebuilt as an “ideal town” in the 15th century under the patronage of Pope Pius II) and Montalcino (the Brunello di Montalcino is counted among the most prestigious of Italian wines).
It is a landscape which has become familiar through its depiction in works of art from the Renaissance painting to the modern photograp.
Here are the many famous houses that are located on the tops of hills characterized by cypresses tree characteristic of these areas.
Val d'Orcia is also popular for its food and wines like Pici, Cinta Senese salami, pecorino di Pienza and the flagship Brunello di Montalcino
The valley is crossed by the river Orcia, from which it takes its name .
The territory which forms the natural and cultural Artistic Park of Val d'Orcia are five council in the province of Siena : San Quirico d'Orcia, Castiglione D'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and two in the province of Grosseto: Montenero d'Orcia and Montegiovi.
Within these areas there are some jewels of unique places in the world: Montichiello, Bagno Vignoni, Bagni di San Filippo.
This area has been considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the preservation of the unique landscape and so its many houses that are on these hills retain those characteristics typical of the Renaissance, influencing the time many Renaissance artists.
Rolling hills covered by dense vegetation of vineyards, olive groves, cypress, beech and chestnut trees, interrupted by oldest inhabited medieval, rural houses and fortresses with inaccessible towers are scattered in the isolated and quiet nature of the place: this is the scenarioIt is presented to visitors of the Val d'Orcia, picturesque setting, just as portrayed by the masters of the Renaissance
The valley is also Protected Natural Areas, covering an area of 18,500 hectares
The Val d'Orcia is a harmony of art and landscape, geographical and ecosystem, is the ultimate expression of the beauty of nature but also the result of the work and the people who lived there.
The bird fauna of these areas is still little known but includes some rare species in addition to many species of raptors toed a wonderful species that can be seen regularly glide over the Val D'Orcia.