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Unveiling the hidden gems: top things to do in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany

The Val d’Orcia, situated in the province of Siena, is renowned as one of the most stunning areas in Tuscany. This region boasts awe-inspiring landscapes, verdant rolling hills, and a rich cultural heritage. By staying at the Locanda in Tuscany, you can explore the charm of this place, which has been included on the UNESCO “World Heritage” list since 2004.

Our resort and restaurant in Castiglione d’Orcia offer breathtaking views of the Tuscan landscape, delightful local cuisine, and easy access to nearby villages. The Locanda in Tuscany is the perfect place to fully immerse yourself in the ambiance of the Val d’Orcia and experience authentic Tuscany. If you plan to visit this area, here are some activities not to be missed.

Nature walks

Nature enthusiasts will find the Val d’Orcia to be an ideal destination, offering unparalleled landscapes and a diverse range of hiking and biking trails. Among the most fascinating options is the Via Francigena trail, which winds through the Val d’Orcia and passes some of the most picturesque towns in the area. You will find all the beauty of the Tuscan countryside in its valleys and hills, in vast wheat fields, in its centuries-old olive groves, and in its wonderful fields of fragrant lavender to wander through. Ideal settings for spectacular photos.

Visits to medieval villages

The Val d’Orcia region is renowned for its medieval villages, each with its own unique history and charm. Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Radicofani, and Castiglione d’Orcia, where our resort is situated, are some of the most captivating villages worth visiting. You can marvel at the historic palaces, churches, and medieval towers that embody priceless cultural heritage.

Winery Tours

The Val d’Orcia is renowned for producing some of Tuscany’s most exceptional wines, including Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. There are numerous wineries offering tastings and guided tours, providing you with the opportunity to unveil the secrets of these delightful beverages.

Relax at the Bagno Vignoni Thermal Baths

Bagno Vignoni is a quaint stone village in the Siena area, renowned for its thermal waters that have been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. The village is remarkable for its central square featuring an ancient thermal pool (not suitable for swimming), and offers utmost relaxation with limited tourist crowds. In addition to the Bagno Vignoni spa, there are many other free spas and thermal baths in the Tuscany region.

Savoring Tuscan cuisine

Tuscan cuisine is renowned worldwide for its authentic flavors and traditional recipes. In Val d’Orcia, you can taste typical dishes such as ribollita (soup with vegetables, beans and stale bread), pici (a type of homemade pasta), bistecca alla fiorentina (Florentine steak), cinghiale in umido (wild boar stew), crostini ai fegatini (liver pâté on toasted bread), panforte (a traditional Christmas dessert), and many others. You will savor the quality of local ingredients and products such as pecorino cheese (a typical cheese from the area), Tuscan bread, or simply extra virgin olive oil. To accompany the dishes, you can choose from the many excellent local wines, such as the aforementioned Brunello di Montalcino.

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