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What to see when you visit the charming town of San Quirico Val d’Orcia

San Quirico Val d'Orcia Tuscany Italy

San Quirico Val d’Orcia is a town of great charm that is often overlooked by visitors to the Val d’Orcia. San Quirico is of Etruscan origin and its present appearance, with its almost intact walls incorporating fourteen towers, dates mainly from mediaeval times when it was an important stop on the Via Francigena pilgrimage and […]

Sights and history of Pienza in the Val d’Orcia of Tuscany, Italy

Pienza in the Val d'Orcia of Tuscany, Italy

A visit to Pienza provides unalloyed pleasure to anyone who enjoys Renaissance architecture, italianate gardens, Tuscan food – particularly pecorino – and splendid vistas. Pienza shares the unspoiled Val d’Orcia with Montalcino, Montepulciano and San Quirico and owes its wonderfully harmonious town plan to Rossellino (probably working under strong influence of Leon Battista Alberti), thanks […]

Italianate gardens of the villas of Tuscany

Tuscan garden of Villa Gamberaia

The formal gardens of Tuscany have been an integral part of the villas of Tuscany since Renaissance times when they first made their appearance as conscious attempts to create for wealthy and influential Florentines the ideal place for humanist debate, based upon ancient Roman ideals. After a period of landscape design in the English style […]

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