Imagine a land of sinuous hills of breathtaking landscapes, of ancient villages, of medieval castles and impregnable fortress , where time passes slowly where art and landscape come together in a perfect union.
Imagine places shaped by the work of generations, by extinct volcanoes, by Roman roads and by medieval streets where the spirit of the pilgrimage is still present.
The magnificent natural scenery of the Val d’Orcia that extends through the Tuscan hills was inserted onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004.
Castiglione d’Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San Quirico d’Orcia are the five splendid communes that have chosen to re-appraise the Park of Val d’Orcia, protecting the environment and the territory.
Contignano, Monticchiello, Bagno Vignoni, Rocca d’Orcia, Campiglia d’Orcia, Bagni San Filippo, and Vivo d’Orcia are some of the other magnificent spots scattered throughout the Valley – all are ideal jumping-off points from which to take a trip back into its fascinating and richly-evocative.
Thanks to its peculiar beauty, the Val d’Orcia was chosen for the setting of national and international movies such as “Fratello sole, sorella luna” by Franco Zeffirelli, “Io ballo da sola” by Bernardo Bertolucci and “The English Patient” by Anthony Minghella.
How can we forget Ridley Scott’s Gladiator in the scene in which the protagonist enters the Elysian Fields going down a slope, walking immersed in the ears of wheat to reunite with the family?