Fotoreportage bei Dämmerung eines Mittsommerabends

Es könnte einen stummen Post sein, voll und ganz. Die Pracht des Ortes und die hervorragende Natur…

San Quirico d’Orcia is part of that valley, Val d’Orcia, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

like a postcard

Here monuments are not made of stone or marble, but parched earth, wood and foliage; slender tree trunks rise like silhouettes with their sober and elegant crowns, as if standing alone towards the sky.

All around, only fields. Of wheat, barley, spelt.

If you come across any farmhouse, you will see it standing out alone above a small hill, and the curved and unpaved road to reach it, will be dotted with a double row of cypresses.

That’s how it is, Val d’Orcia. It enchants you, hypnotizes you, fascinates you. Lost for words, like a painted canvas waiting to be admired.

world heritage site since 2004

The valley is an important natural, artistic and cultural park and, thanks to the excellent state of preservation of its landscape and a smart management of human activity and construction works, it was recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site on 2nd July 2004 based on the following criteria:

Criterion (iv): The Val d’Orcia is an exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing pictures.

Criterion (vi): The landscape of the Val d’Orcia was celebrated by painters from the Scuola Senese, which flourished during the Renaissance. Images of the Val d’Orcia, and particularly depictions of landscapes where people are depicted as living in harmony with nature, have come to be seen as icons of the Renaissance and have profoundly influenced the development of landscape thinking.”

the most famous sight of val d’orcia

In one of the most famous sights of Val d’Orcia, the Chapel of the Madonna di Vitaleta is the protagonist. A small chapel located uphill along the road that leads from San Quirico to Pienza.

Another famous view is located halfway between San Quirico and Montalcino. A group of isolated cypresses in the countryside are the protagonists of countless photographic shots.

A little further south from San Quirico we find Bagno Vignoni, a one-of-a-kind place. This picturesque village is characterized by a large pool of thermal water located in the center of the main square, creating a unique and suggestive atmosphere. But this is another story …. and we will tell you about it.

Ph. Credits Andrea Migliorati