Would you like to be surrounded by a landscape so gorgeous, it takes your breath away? This is Val d’Orcia, the quintessential Tuscan landscape that has lured great writers and poets, photographers, and cinematographers to capture its beauty for generations. The villages and countryside of Val d’Orcia are pristinely preserved, free of urban and industrial sprawl, and will remain that way because the entire valley has been declared a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO.
But this is no air-brushed, big-bus theme park; our valley is off-the-beaten-track enough to retain its authentic charm and character. Most visitors to Italy stick to the Big Three: Venice, Florence, and Rome, with perhaps a day trip into Chianti. When you stay a week with us in Val d’Orcia, you will become a Tuscany insider, as we help you explore the real heart of the Italian countryside most people only dream of.
The Val d’Orcia is the perfect home base for your Tuscan vacation. The central location will allow you to maximize your enjoyment of this world-renowned destination. Here are just a few reasons why:
YOU ARE ON A MOVIE SET
You have seen Val d’Orcia’s vistas and villages in the movies, for they have appeared as both backdrop and character for many sumptuous films. The fields caressed by Russell Crowe in the Gladiator are just below the walls of Pienza; the palace where the Capulets lived in Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet is the Palazzo Piccolomini in the heart of Pienza; and the monastery where The English Patient was cared for by Juliette Binoche is set at Sant’Anna in Camprena, visible from Castelmuzio.
The Val d’Orcia is home to the great red wines of Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Here you will taste the lush foods and fresh ingredients of the “cucina povera”, the traditional Tuscan peasant dishes that truly are the best “comfort foods” in the entire world, including: delectable Pecorino di Pienza, rare and precious white truffle, the finest extra virgin olive oil and highly perfumed saffron. Our landscape is dotted with wonderful family run farms, food producers, and restaurants, and we will guide you to some of the best food experiences of your life.