The valley is also an important natural, cultural and artistic parc from July 2nd, 2004 and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, for the excellent state of preservation of the landscape, as well as " produced by an intelligent work of human settlement, which has had a significant influence on many artists of the Renaissance".
There are many itineraries that we propose.
Wine and sacred art. The route begins in Montalcino, home to one of the most famous Italian wines: Brunello of Montalcino. They date back to the fourteenth century and the Church of Sant'Egidio that the Church of St. Augustine, while the neoclassical Cathedral, built on the ruins of an ancient church of the ninth century. Another masterpiece is located a few kilometers from Montalcino, the Abbey of St. Antimo, a magnificent example of Romanesque architecture, which is, according to legend, on a votive chapel built by Charlemagne to preserve the relics of St. Sebastian and St. Antimo.
San Quirico, a few kilometers, dates back to ancient times. Its historic center has 14 towers scattered along the route of the wall. Dates back to the Romanesque period the Collegiate Church of Saints Quirico and Giuditta, while it is the end of '500 which were made the Leonini, an example of Italian garden in the Renaissance style, which arose around 1581, after Francesco I de' Medici gave to Diomede Leoni soil.
In this area, between the most known wine-growing regions such as Montalcino and Montepulciano, wines with Denomination of Controlled Origin Orcia are produced, an important award recognized in 2000, recognition of the value and variety of the wines of this region.
The Waters. The particularity of Bagno Vignoni is the so-called " deep basin ". It is a sixteenth-century fountain from which flows thermal water that comes from a volcanic source. Known since the Roman times, the water of Bagno Vignoni was also appreciated by Saint Catherine of Siena, which was dedicated to a small shrine. Following is Castiglione d'Orcia with Aldobrandeschi fortress, which is located at a point high enough to give a spectacular view over the valley. This town is part of the town of Vivo d'Orcia from which flows the river I live that still provides water throughout the province of Siena and beyond.
Pienza, the ideal city. Pienza is considered the ideal city of the Renaissance, as well as wanted by Pope Pius II. To his hometown Enea Silvio Piccolomini (that was before he became pope) wanted to give a new shape, magnificent, based on the aesthetics of the Renaissance. The experiment succeeded perfectly and to get an idea just go to the main square, trapezoidal, and take a look at the buildings that surround it. The Cathedral, built in 1459 by Bernardo Rossellini, stands towering over the historic center, accompanied by the Palazzo Borgia and Palazzo Piccolomini.
Prices per hour (not per person) from Siena
1/2 pax 45 €
3 pax 50 €
4 pax 55 €
5/6 pax 60 €
7/8 pax 65 €
from Florence 30 € extra
from Livorno 65 € extra
from Pisa 65 € extra
from Lucca 65 € extra
from Rome 135 € extra
Cost includes: visit and wine tasting in wineries present in our list, driver in english or spanish, pick up and drop off, gas, van with air conditioning, taxes and the meals for the driver.
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