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Val d'Orcia

Italy
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Ranked #32 of 1,236 attractions in Tuscany
Type: Valleys, Historic Sites
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I had forgotten how amazingly beautiful this area was. I returned for a painting holiday and was in heaven. I think it would be beautiful in any season. I was there mid September the fields were ploughed after the wheat and the sunflowers were over but the earth is a soft brown and contrasted against the olive groves and the... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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139 reviews 139 reviews
74 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Nice countryside, many surprisingly interesting hill cities. Take your time, don't hunt point B from point A, like some tourists with tablets... Sometimes to see less, but more intensely is the way to get most from this charming part of Italy. Take care in curved roads, crazy motorbikes or some animal can cross your way.

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Montefollonico, Italy
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86 reviews 86 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Remember you are in UN World Heritage Sites Zone of which beautiful Pienza is the principle Town, constructed by Pope Piccolomino who began urbanization. Films like the English Patient were shot here. The area is also famous for its Pecorino Cheese, Olive Oil, Wine, Terracotta, Pottery and many more items. Bagno Vignoni the roman spa definitely deserves a visit as... More

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New Westminster, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We revisisted this wonderful place where we stayed 9 years ago. The restoration work that has been done is remarkable, and we can recommend staying there in an apartment with a view to die for.

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Portland, Oregon
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119 reviews 119 reviews
40 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

I've been to nearly every part of Italy (except Sardinia), and the Val d'Orcia stands out among them as uniquely lovely. It is less developed and less touristy than other major Italian destinations. Partly this is due to its having perhaps the most stringent land use regulations in the world -- and more recently to its having been designated a... More

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Zuid Scharwoude
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70 reviews 70 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The Val d'Orcia (valley of the river Orcia) is declared Unesco World Heritage Site. It is the unique combination of an unbelievable and stunning landscape, the quiet life of the ''contadini'', the outstandig quality of food and wines, culture and history that can be found under each stone that you may lift, and the kind people with their amazing hospitality... More

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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I knew Tuscany quite well,but had never ventured into the area south of Siena.Val d'Orcia is quite unique compared to the other more well known areas and cities around Florence,Siena,Lucca etc..amazing landscape of dramatic hills,with small hill top towns and castles all dominated by the presence of Monte Amiata.A photographers dream and an area of rustic trattoria's,serving great value food... More

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London
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2008

I've been to Tuscany various times and the last three times I rented large villas with friends in the Val d'Orcia area. Absolutely amazing. There are a lot of beautiful places to visit such as Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, Montepulciano or just drive through the countryside. It's a must see for everyone going to Tuscany.

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