By motorbike through the Val d'Orcia, one of the most beautiful regions of Tuscany, both on asphalt and on the white roads of the Eroica.
A real thrill to drive among cypresses, hills, dirt roads and villages. To be discovered slowly along the many itineraries of this region.
The Valley takes its name from Orcia river, is located in the province of Siena, north of Mount Amiata and close to the border withUmbria. In addition to postcard landscapes, there are many little ones villages, natural spas, paved and unpaved roads (accessible to all) and many flavors of food and wines that will literally make you fall in love.
Monticchiello - Radicofani
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Our itinerario starts from Montichiello and ends in Radicofani, but in our opinion the best thing to do is to stay a few days in this area and explore it all very calmly: you will not regret it.
The small village of Monticchiello will take you to a bygone era. The medieval village looks like a tower from afar, but it is only by approaching the entrance that you can see the remains of the medieval walls and gate, preserved and fascinating as a miniature.
Following the provincial SP18, you reach Pienza. Idealized as a symbolic city of the Renaissance by the humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who went down in history as Pope Pius II, in his vision, Pienza was to be the utopian city that would embody the principles of the Renaissance. This jewel was born from the projects of the architect Bernardo, known as Rossellino, and of the great humanist Leon Battista Alberti. Not to be missed: the Cathedral, Piazza Pio II and Palazzo Piccolomini. A few kilometers from Pienza, there is also the small and delightful village of Castelmuzio.
San Quirico D'Orcia
Taking the Provincial SP146 the obligatory stop is at Chapel of the Madonna of Vitaleta, one of the most photographed symbols and places in the Valley. Once in San Quirico D'Orcia, an ancient village of Etruscan origin, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. It is located along the Via Francigena and recommend to do not lose: the Collegiate Church of San Quirico and Giulitta, Palazzo Chigi, the Church of San Francesco, the Horti Leonini and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.
From San Quirico take the regional SR2, along which we recommend a stop A Vignoni bathroom, famous spa, characterized by a large pool in the center of the village from which thermal waters gush out. After a few kilometers (and maybe a nice regenerating bath) you reach Castiglione d'Orcia which stands on a hill in the center of the Val d'Orcia, right on the slopes of Monte Amiata. It deserves a stop in particular for the church of S. Maria Maddalena and for a splendid walk to Rocca d'Orcia, where the ancient Tower of Tentennano is located: from here the panorama dominates the whole Val d'Orcia, you will be amazed open.
On the way to Radicofani we recommend a detour to the Mount Amiata, of volcanic origin, and ai Bagni San Filippo, another enchanting spa spot immersed in nature where you can download the hours spent on the saddle motorcycle. radicofani it was an ancient fortress Tuscany, whose immense Rocca di Ghino the Heel he had the duty to guide the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal State over the centuries. From the top of the Torre della Rocca you can admire the enchanting landscape of the Val d'Orcia, Mount Amiata, Lake Trasimeno and Bolsena. TO Radicofani do not miss a visit: the esoteric Bosco Isabella, the Casale della Posta, the Church of San Pietro and the Museo del Cassero.
Do not miss
For adventure and off-road lovers, Val D'Orcia is located in the middle of the path of the legendary cycling event Eroica, Whose Strade Bianche they can be discovered all year round both by bike and By motorbike. Nothing complex but still pay attention to the very slippery surface and the slopes.