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Val d'Orcia

Italy
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Ranked #13 of 1,345 attractions in Tuscany
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Valleys, Historic Sites
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Houston, Texas
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108 reviews 108 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
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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
20 helpful votes 20 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
64 helpful votes 64 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
15 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
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
164 helpful votes 164 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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