Once upon a time there were a linguist, a psychologist and a translator who decided to take a car and see what Tuscany had to show them: the amazing Val d’Orcia.
My two close friends, Carlotta (the translator) and Serena (the psychologist), and I decided that was the right time to see the landscapes that are close to Cortona.
We made a very well-organised plan, we took a sunny day (yes, we ordered it in advance), a functioning and efficient Italian car (a stunning Fiat 500), cameras, lots of music and we were happily on the road!
The very first stop was Montepulciano.
Here we have admired the lovely Piazza Grande which (unfortunately) it has been used as set for a film of the Twilight Saga.
We have stupidly re-made a bunch of scenes of the movie but I am not going to show you such shame. 🙂
Then we turned to Pienza.
Harmony is what you feel when you look at landscape from Pienza.
The perfect hills, the warm light, the gentle cipressi trees, the kind geometries of the buildings: you do understand why Pienza and the Val d’Orcia itself are part of the UNESCO heritage.
In Pienza we had such a nice lunch too: after a large dish of Pici ( a kind of thicker spaghetti, typically made in Tuscany) we headed to the heart of Val d’Orcia.
We saw the sleepy and very medieval San Quirico d’Orcia and the pictoresque Bagno Vignoni.
In San Quirico d’Orcia you can find the worthy and wonderful Horti Leonini, a public and formal garden built thanks to the Medici family in 1581.
In Montalcino we took a delicious gelato while resting in the historic – medieval center.
We also got lost: yes, we got lost!
Our time was running out so we couldn’t stop in San Giovanni d’Asso, but there you can find a museum of truffles ( I think it is worthy a visit).
Our last destination was Trequanda: nice for the view of the valley, not well connected with the rest of the world.
Do we suggest you to see Val d’Orcia? Yes, we do.
And we suggest you to get lost in all this Beauty too. 🙂
PS: we were singing all the time.
With the car windows open.
Proud of being out of tune. 😉