Val d’Orcia

Val d’Orcia

The Val d’Orcia, or Valdorcia, is a region of Tuscany, central Italy, which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. It is characterised by gentle, carefully cultivated hills occasionally broken by gullies and by picturesque towns and villages such as Pienza (rebuilt as an “ideal town” in the 15th century under the patronage of Pope Pius II), Radicofani (home to the notorious brigand-hero Ghino di Tacco) and Montalcino (the Brunello di Montalcino is counted among the most prestigious of Italian wines). It is a landscape which has become familiar through its depiction in works of art from the Renaissance painting to the modern photograph.

Outline
The Val d’Orcia, or Valdorcia, is a region of Tuscany, central Italy, which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata.

Recommended world heritage video

  1. Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht

    Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht

  2. The Wadden Sea

    The Wadden Sea

  3. Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

    Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

  1. Works of Antoni Gaudí

    Works of Antoni Gaudí

  2. Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula

    Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula

  3. Schokland and Surroundings

    Schokland and Surroundings

  1. Rila Monastery

    Rila Monastery

  2. Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias

  3. Limes

    Limes

  1. Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey, and St. Martin’s Church

    Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey, and St. Martin’s Church

  2. Lugo

    Lugo

  3. Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida

    Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida

  1. Semmering Railway

    Semmering Railway

  2. Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza

    Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza

  3. Antonine Wall

    Antonine Wall

  1. City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg

    City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg

  2. Tower of London

    Tower of London

  3. La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

    La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

  1. Aranjuez Cultural Landscape

    Aranjuez Cultural Landscape

  2. Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl

    Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl

  3. Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica

    Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica

  1. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons)

    Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons)

  2. Ironbridge Gorge

    Ironbridge Gorge

  3. Historic Site of Lyons

    Historic Site of Lyons

  1. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch

    Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch

  2. Episcopal City of Albi

    Episcopal City of Albi

  3. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

    The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

  1. Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments

    Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments

  2. Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon

    Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon

  3. Frontiers of the Roman Empire

    Frontiers of the Roman Empire

  1. Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent

    Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent

  2. City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

    City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

  3. Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

    Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

  1. Universidade de Coimbra

    Universidade de Coimbra

  2. Churches of Moldavia

    Churches of Moldavia

  3. Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

    Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

  1. Historic Walled Town of Cuenca

    Historic Walled Town of Cuenca

  2. The Trulli of Alberobello

    The Trulli of Alberobello

  3. Pienza

    Pienza

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top