Val d’Orcia

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. πŸ™‚
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 Β 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. πŸ™‚

This is the “well organised” schedule for our “well organised” trip. In this picture you can admire the amazing tone of blue of our 500.
The main square in Montepulciano with the noble Palazzo del Comune.
Piazza Grande is the main square in the historical center of Montepulciano.
A well decorating the square.
The view of the valley from the historic center is breath-taking!
Pienza, the Cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) appears scenografically in the main square of the city
The magnificent architecture of Palazzo Piccolomini, one of the first examples of architecture of Renaissance.
Another view of the Square Pio II.
Amazing little streets are charactstic of this old tuscan city.


Hidden corners of Pienza. The smell of Jasmine was simply astonishing!
Largo Mario Luzi is a perfect spot for admiring all the Val d’Orcia.
Largo Mario Luzi e Val d’Orcia.
Another view of Val d’Orcia.
Again the square of Pienza.
Pieve dei Santi Vito e Modesto a Corsignano or simply Pieve di Corsignano is medieval church in the middle of nature in Pienza. Not so easy to reach and not very well-known is a must see for those who love this type of churches.
San Quirico d’Orcia.
Churches through the main street of San Quirico d’Orcia.
The main square of San Quirico d’Orcia.
A secondary street.
A particular of the portal of the main church in San Quirico d’Orcia.
The quiet main street.
The magnificent Horti Leonini, a magnificent public garden built in 1581.
A view of the main “square” of Bagno Vignoni.
Another view of Bagno Vignoni’s square.
View of Montalcino from the fortification.
Part of the defensive walls of Montalcino.
A very nice door. πŸ™‚
Church in Montalcino.
The main street in Montalcino.
Façade of church in Montalcino.
The main ( and I think the only) church in Trequanda.
The view at (almost) sunset from Trequanda is amazing!

The music we listened to was really a lot.
I will post simply one song that entertained us.

PS: we were singing all the time.
With the car windows open.
Out loud.
Proud of being out of tune. πŸ˜‰

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