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Val d'Orcia

Italy
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Ranked #12 of 1,435 Attractions in Tuscany
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Valleys, Historic Sites
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

It's really really beautiful. A breathtaking landscape, an unforgettable road trip. No wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Centreville, Virginia
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173 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Our family spent a glorious week at the agritourismo resort, Il Poggio, in S. Casciano dei Bagni and with the flexibility that a rental car provided, we were able to explore the marvelous countryside of the Val d'Orcia. Undulating hills with Renaissance towns mounted on rocky heights, panoramic vistas punctuated with idyllic farmhouses, sinuous country roads lined by towering Italian... More

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Oslo, Norway
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290 reviews 290 reviews
53 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I experienced driving through the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany last month, and Val d'Orcia was simply a stunning place to visit. Keep off the main road and experience the beauty of nature - a painters paradise! An amazing place, simply the reason why I love Tuscany and Italy!

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Houston, Texas
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115 reviews 115 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Try to stay on the old route to avoid the industrial areas and the main towns have sprawled, but the landscape is worth the drive, not a spot to stop necessarily.

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Austin, Texas
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

Our hotel put us on a route from Abrezzo through Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulchiano. On the way we were on several scenic roads where there we're pull-outs at the best vantage points to stop, admire the views and take pictures. Beautiful rolling hills with those iconic tall trees (Cyprus?) and vistas.

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Florence, Italy
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This valley is just absolutely stunning with all it's small, beautiful and old villages & the soft rolling hills. That is how you picture tuscany! and then there are this beautiful natural hot springs, whom are free!!! If have some time and a car, go check it out! If you don't have a car it might proof a bit difficult...

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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157 reviews 157 reviews
80 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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