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Val d’Orcia, Tuscany


Montepulciano and Montalcino in the Val d’Orcia of Tuscany are world famous for amazing red wine (Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino rely on the Sangiovese grape varietal). The territory has contrastingly different landscapes throughout; big ascents and fast winding valley roads are surrounded by more rolling terrain scattered with numerous medieval ‘borghi’ precariously perched on the hill sides such as Montisi and Gerfalco. There are enough flat roads to get your breath back, but they don’t last for long. The area is devoid of heavy industrial traffic and there is little tourism early and late season. Weather is fantastic, with an idyllic breeze from the coast cooling down high daytime temperatures.

Route highlights

  • Remote region typically characterised with snaking roads lined with Cypress trees.
  • Diverse terrain between the north and south, rolling and hilly up to 600/700m above sea level.
  • Monte Amiata, a volcano and Tuscanys tallest peak (1,754m) dominates the Val d’Orcia skyline.
  • UNESCO Heritage town of Pienza, and the fortified hilltops of Trequanda and Radicofani make great lunch/ coffee stops.
  • The area is well known for its relaxing thermal spas at Chianciano Terme and Montepulciano.

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