A trip to Val d’Orcia is a special journey between delicious tastes, exceptional visits and breath-taking views you will never forget.
Surely, many of you are already familiar with Tuscany. Who has never been to Florence cradle of the Renaissance, or to the Chianti region for a glass of wine? Or visited Siena majestic Cathedral, the Leaning Tower in Pisa, or even took a bike tour around Lucca’s citywalls?
But have you ever seen a real water square? Have you attended Sunday Mass in an ancient abbey with Benedectine Monks’ Gregorian chants?
Have you ever experienced a countryside ride on a historic steam train? What about Italy’s most classic, ageworthy Brunello di Montalcino wine and gourmet Pecorino cheese: have you tried them at least once in your life?
Located in Southern Tuscany, approx. 2 hrs from Florence and only 2,5/3 hrs North of Rome, Val D’Orcia is quite a unique territory. A land of rare beauty and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
A rich green valley encompassing the Orcia river with endless rolling hills covered with golden wheat fields, sunflowers, lines of cypress trees, great vineyards and some picturesque villages. Like Pienza a small Renaissance jewel or Bagno Vignoni a hidden gem, unspoilt and idyllic, a quiet, peaceful village. Its main square being submerged in water from the nearby springs which temperates up to 52°C. Also, the Medieval & Etruscan villages of and San Quirico d’Orcia, Sant’Antimo Benedectine Abbey and of course Montalcino.
Discover the beauty of this territory like our grandparents did as you board a real steam train. Enjoy the slow pace, the background noise of whistles, puffs, and blowing of plungers will take you back in times. This rail line runs for 142 km in circle, passing through roads-free landscapes where you can only see crops and pastures.
En-route stops with private bus will allow you to visit churches, villages and castles, and enjoy a taste of genuine local products.
Few experiences can impress the visitors so deeply.