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Review of San Quirico d'Orcia

San Quirico d'Orcia
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Billingham, United Kingdom
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“photographers paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

nothing to dislike , a bit too hot in july the town of san quirico is superb the food ,we ate in the restaurant out the back of our hotel we got a discounted rate from the hotel. the local wine and cheese are wonderful,its a very quiet town very clean and fresh with pleasent locals, we will go back next year in june to see a different landscape.

Visited July 2012
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“Beautiful little town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

What a find! This village is definately worth a visit. The lady at the information office was most helpful and gave us a map which we used to see all the important historic places and gardens. If you are nearby allow a couple of hours for exploration, you won't regret it.

Visited July 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Lovely town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2011

Great little town. Seems to escape most of the tourist hordes. We spent hours sitting outside the bar watching the locals. Has a couple of great value restaurants. Would recommend as a base for exploring Tuscany.

Visited September 2011
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San Francisco, California
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“Hidden treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2011

We stayed in San Quirico d'Orcia in September. It is a small medieval walled town, with one main street, the Via Dante Alighieri, and two parallel alleys, connected to it at a number of points, all of which are well worth exploring. Compared to nearby Pienza, it is far less touristy, in fact, one often hardly ever sees any foreigners at all. It is as if time stopped and the town is like no other place on earth, if you take a few days in this very special place, be prepared for the experience of a lifetime. It is like entering another universe, there is something very special about this town and you need a few days to become part of it. There are a number of wonderful small B&Bs in the heart of San Quirico, such as Il Giardino Segreto, Hotel Casa Lemmi, or La Dimora del Poeta. I highly recommend staying inside the walled city. A very worthwhile trip from San Quirico is to the nearby Bagno Vignoni. If you can hike for about 80 minutes, then you shouldn't miss this opportunity, but do take the Via Giacomo Matteotti (turn right just outside the town wall) and just follow it as it turns to Via Guiseppe Garibaldi and then Strada Communale, following "Vignoni" signs until a for in the road about half way to the baths, with a sign for "Bagno Vignoni". The other, main road, is too busy for hikes. Once there, you can pay 15E and swim in the heated pools, well worth the experience. The road back starts with a long uphill climb, so if you are not up to it, take a taxi ride back. When traveling, note that not all bus drivers sell tickets on the bus, so purchase them ahead of time in San Quirico, the bus stop is just outside the town wall and the tourist office in San Quirico was very helpful in giving us all the bus schedules. Pienza is about a 10 minute bus ride away, but check the schedule, the buses stop running in early evening. In any case one needs only a short time to explore Pienza ( about 3 hours). Note that the buses don't run on Sundays. There is a trattoria half way up the street, which sells a bottle of very good local wine for 6E. Closer to the southern end, near Palazzo Chigi Zondadari (well worth exploring because of restored frescoes inside and wonderful views of San Quirico form its windows) is a gelateria that makes the best gelato I ever had, made on-site. Across is a small caffee that makes delicious cappuccinos, which you can enjoy in their courtyard, while watching the resident turtles.
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Visited September 2011
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