Panorama from Contignano

The Medieval Charm of Val d’Orcia

Sara Provenzano

Sara Provenzano is the Contributing Editor at Global Storybook (Italy).
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Visiting the Val d’Orcia is probably one of the first things you have to do if you are visiting Tuscany’s countryside.

Stunning panoramas and amazing high quality local food, such as the “Pecorino” cheese of Pienza (a typical cheese made with sheep’s milk) and wines like the Brunello di Montalcino or the Nobile di Montepulciano, will impress you and from the very first moment you will enjoy this region.

Panorama from Contignano

Panorama from Contignano

This wonderful area is located between Siena and Grosseto.  It has been recognised as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2004.

Val d'Orcia Unesco Site

Val d’Orcia Unesco Site

In this surreal and suspended land time stands still.  Wherever you are views are impressive!

Medieval castles, hilltop towns, sunny rolling hills, charming farmhouses and isolated rural homes, rows of vineyards, avenues of cypresses, olive groves, and golden wheat fields are just some of the attractions that you will find in the amazing landscapes of Valdorcia!

You can easily drive from one village to another, in complete relax.  Just enjoy the ride especially during Summer and Autumn, when colors are the best!

Val d'Orcia Panorama

Val d’Orcia Panorama

You can also enjoy diffent festivals that take place every year, re-living the athmosphere of ancient times.

I had the chance to experience the Medieval Dinner in Contignano.  I was there at the beginning of this month and that was an amazing experience.

The main square setted up with tables for all the people who wanted to enjoy a historic dinner.  Local flags and waiters dressed up in ancient local dresses.  Music and starlings were played while we were eating in this magical atmosphere.

A vacation in Val d’Orcia is a special journey that you will never forget!

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