The Val d’Orcia, a jump back into Renaissance
“Space, light, order. These are the things man needs, like they need bread or a place to sleep.” This is what Le Corbusier used to say and it’s what he would have found in Val d’Orcia.
A land of enthralling beauty, where the landscape has delicate shades of light and soft, sinuous forms that dialogue perfectly with the architecture designed by the best Italian minds. The Val d’Orcia lies between the provinces of Siena and Grosseto and connects five municipalities: Castiglione d’Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San Quirico d’Orcia.
The glory of the Val d’Orcia goes back to Renaissance times and was moulded to its ideals besides by the wind. Harmony, proportion, composure and elegance reflect themselves in the landscape, in the cypresses that verticalise the plain and imitate belltower tops. The houses and the squares are on a human scale, welcoming and the villages aren’t very big albeit intimate and welcoming. Time has stopped in Val d’Orcia. It is always a new Renaissance here in the heart of the richest and most flourishing region of the 1400s, Tuscany. For this reason it is a UNESCO heritage site. “Space, light, order” and referring to the quote, we could also add food and a place to sleep. And in the full respect of village and Renaissance canons, we used existing ancient palaces and buildings to create our diffused hotel. More an experience than a holiday.
The Val d’Orcia offers many occasions for relaxing, fun, culture, sport, gastronomy and San Quirico is the centre of the heart of the five municipalities and in the ideal position from which to explore them all.
San Quirico is very close to Montalcino famous for having given its name to the wine but it is also a village with a thousand surprises. On the other side there is Montepulciano. The beautiful river Orcia lies at our feet and here and there there are woods and softly undulating wheat fields that look like the sea at dawn. The Park welcomes us all and it is wonderful to roam along its paths, visit the thermal baths on the Via Cassia retracing the steps of the ancient Romans, or at the foot of the Amiata volcano that makes you shiver to the bone, and along the Brunello and Chianti wine trail, our pride and joy. From San Quirico many pilgrims would continue their journey on the Via Francigena after having found restoration, eaten a warm meal and bathed in the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni.
And of course there is art and architecture. The best of Italian history of art has passed through these lands and still lives in some places here and there. Man and nature, nature and man become one in perfect syntony. The Collegiata, the Palazzo Chigi Zondadari and the Horti Leonini stand out among the small streets and allys of San Quirico.
The list could go on for pages. Continue to follow us and we will tell you more marvellous stories about our land. Popes and great lords have passed by here, but today, we make you the real protagonists.