Cities and Villages

Bagno Vignoni

A few kilometers from San Quirico d’Orcia is Bagno Vignoni, a small medieval village developed around its hot springs that were used by the Romans centuries before. You can still see the ruins of their ancient baths. The village is built around its scenic “piazza of water”; in fact, […]

Castiglione d’Orcia

It is the pearl of the Val d’Orcia, a small town perched on a hill and topped by the fortress called Rocca di Tentennano. In the heart of the village is main square dedicated to the painter and sculptor Lorenzo di Pietro (known as Vecchietta) with its travertine marble […]


Pope Pius II’s “ideal town”, now recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, has taken the place of the castle of Corsignano which for centuries overlooked the boundaries between the lands owned by Siena, Florence and Orvieto. In 1458 Enea Silvio Piccolomini decided to transform the village of […]


Set between the Orcia and Ombrone rivers Montalcino is one of the most famous towns of the Val d’Orcia. The town is dominated by the imposing fortress built in 1361 to validate Montalcino as a possession of Siena. The castle is the scene of the beautiful festival (Sagra del Tordo) […]

San Quirico d’Orcia

On the northern boundary of the valley, San Quirico d’Orcia grew up around the medieval village of Osenna. In 1256 it was taken over by Siena.  It still retains its medieval town-planning structure. In the center, enclosed by walls, you can visit the Collegiate Church of Saints Quirico and […]


At the southern border of Val d’Orcia lies one of the most impressive fortresses in Tuscany, which for centuries has regulated passage between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal territories. Though the site was used by the Etruscans and Romans, the fortress was built only shortly before […]


Buonconvento is historically the place of meetings (even fighting) and trade, and its rectangular formerly bounded by walls preserved monumental buildings in the testimony of an important past. On the façade of the town hall you can still see no fewer than 25 coats of arms of the Podestà […]


Magnificent roads set out from Asciano: the historic Lauretana towards Siena, Via di Rapolano and the splendid country road (unpaved) of Monte Sante Marie.  It is also the ideal base for a visit to the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.

The brief but richly center of Asciano begins in front […]