The Val d'Orcia
is one of the most diverse and yet distinctive areas in Tuscany,
Italy, and the landscape of the Val d'Orcia has been designated a UNESCO
world heritage centre. The Valdorcia is more than just the valley
of the river Orcia. It covers a large part of the area south the
the Siennese hills almost as far as Monte
It includes not only the Crete Senesi and the "big
sky" landscapes of the valley itself, but also beautiful towns such as Pienza,
San Quirico and Montalcino. A
number of famous castles in various states of repair dot the area,
including the Rocca d'Orcia, and the grounds of La
Foce are among the finest 20 C gardens in Tuscany.
Worth a prolonged visit. More
about the Valdorcia.