The Val d’Orcia extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata.
It’s probably Tuscany’s most famous countryside, best known for its characteristic cypress-filled hills and even more enjoyable wineries, most of which produce the Orcia DOC.
Val d’Orcia is so picturesque, it was a declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site precisely for its aesthetically pleasing landscape and depiction in numerous Renaissance art.
One of the Val d’Orcia’s many famous towns, Bagno Vignoni stands out for the one-of-a-kind thermal pool in its main piazza.
In the past, the pool was enjoyed by illustrious names that included Pope Pius II, Catherine of Siena and Lorenzo de ‘Medici.
Today it’s just for show but it does provide a beautiful centrepiece to this quiet country town.