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Pictures of the Orcia Valley in Tuscany

By August 29, 2008

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orcia valley italy travel pictureTuscany's beautiful Orcia Valley or Val d'Orcia is a UNESCO World Heritage site, chosen for its Renaissance planning and design. The valley, south of Siena, includes several charming hill towns and the Renaissance town of Pienza, designed in the 15th century to be the ideal city. (see Tuscany map for location). Take a look at the Orcia Valley with our Val d'Orcia pictures.

Hotel Il Chiostro di Pienza Relais (book direct), right in Pienza, is a highly rated hotel in a former 15th century convent with a pool and views of the valley. 4km outside Pienza is Agriturismo Cretaiole, recommended by a reader. He said, "Included in the weekly stay was a guided tour of the Romitorio (an ancient Etruscan site) just outside the walls of Pienza, a guided tour of Siena, a pici making class and dinner, and an olive oil tasting evening..." Read more about it on our Italy Travel Forum and recommend your favorite Tuscany hotel or agriturismo (see agriturismo definition).

Photo of Val d'Orcia by Joe Palisi

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