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Val d’Orcia is a peaceful hilltop paradise in Tuscany where some of the finest Italian wine is produced. Make time to discover its family-run wineries.
Val d’Orcia Local Cuisine: extra virgin olive oil, saffron, truffles, honey, vegetable soup (local name: ribollita), Fiorentina beef steak.
Val D’Orcia Local Wines: Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, Vin Santo di Montepulciano.
Where is Val d’Orcia located: On the southern end of Tuscany, between the cities of Siena and Grosseto.
Weather in Val d’Orcia: Mild with very hot summers and cold, dry winters.
Things to do:Not far from Siena, visit the bucolic Sant’Antimo Abbey in the town of Castelnuovo dell'Abate, and the Madonna di Vitaleta Chapel in Vitaleta, near San Quirico D’Orcia. Make time to go to the hot springs in the town of Bagno Vignoni, and to visit the village of Radicofani to take photos from its gorgeous panoramic hilltop.
You should start your Tuscan tour from the charming little town of Pienza which is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Make sure you stroll Corso Rossellino Street for some local food shopping.
The natural hot spring pool in the town of Bagno Vignoni is another must-see Val D’orcia stop. The pool is open to the public in the daytime, and even during the evenings.
Make time for a visit to the medieval town of Montalcino, where the renowned Brunello di Montalcino wine is produced. If you’re planning a vineyard trip in Tuscany, this is the right place for it!
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