Val d’Orcia was named after the river Orcia and spreads from Monte Amiata to the hills south of Siena. The expansive open vistas that blanket low hills are the delight of artists and photographers. The rows of cypress trees that Tuscany is so famous for, dot the hillsides along with umbrella pines. The beauty of this part of Tuscany was captured by the Renaissance artists and continues to inspire creativity for all who stop to appreciate this piece of Tuscan heaven.
Val d'Orcia crosses the Orcia River and spreads across two provinces, both Grosseto and Siena. It is here that the grapes are lovelingly nutured that produce two of Italy's most treasured wines, Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano.
In this valley Tuscans have lived in harmony with nature for centuries. The valley is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and in 1999 the area was protected as an Artistic, Cultural and Natural Park. The countryside is decorated with eye candy at every turn with rolling hills, medieval villages, farm homes, vineyards, castles and olive groves.
The drives we take through the Val d’Orcia are breathtakingly beautiful. We often stop on our way to Pienza or Montalcino to take in the views and to appreciate the beauty of the landscape. All of our guests are wowed by the beauty of Val d'Orcia. It is truly a blessing to call this piece of paradise our home. We know that you will enjoy calling it your home-away-from-home during one of our workshops in Tuscany or tours of Tuscany!