Via Val d'Orcia

The Via Val d'Orcia has pockets of picturesque towns amongst soft, rolling hills throughout central Italy. Visit this mossy green rural destination for an authentic peek at Italian life.

The bright green, softly rolling hills of Tuscany are dotted with charming-as-heck Italian towns and plenty of tranquil places to truly relax. Honestly, there’s not much else you could need around here. This rich green valley is perfect for a full on road trip or a getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.

If you’ve ever seen a postcard of rural Tuscany, Italy, there’s a high chance it was a shot of the Val d’Orcia. Sinews of chalk rock punctate the landscapes. There are taupe fields speckled with rolled hay. There are oak woodlands that crawl up mountainsides, occasionally dotted by half-ruined farmhouses just waiting to be converted into villas. The gateway to it all is Pienza: a city constructed by Pope Pius II to be the Renaissance utopia. The nearby Chapel Vitaleta is a stunning stop for budding photographers, but the beautiful SP-18 going south is the road to take for a montage of vineyards, soft hills, and agritourisms that serve regional wine and produce.

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