Upon arriving in the Val d’Orcia you will sure to want to have your camera at hand. The landscapes here have fast become the face of Tuscany in no small part due to the photogenic nature of the rolling hills dotted with Cypress trees and farmhouses. This is just one reason why this area is so special. The Val D’Orcia is steeped in history, from ancient pilgrimage routes to Etruscan hill top towns, this area has it all and the best way to see it, is undoubtedly on foot.
Predominantly on easy gravel and clay farm tracks the walking on offer here makes for a perfect Spring or Autumn getaway. With temperatures typically in the high teens/low twenties during both seasons, the rolling hills here offer a wonderful kick start to the walking season or one last sunny weeks walking before the winter arrives.
Fantastic food and drink have always been synonymous with Tuscany and the Val d’Orcia is no different. The Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines both originate from here and were 2 of the first 3 wines in Italy to achieve the highest status a wine can achieve, the DOCG. Under Italian wine law DOCG is the highest designation of quality among Italian wines. DOCG stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin, DOCG).
Walk in the Tuscan Hills
Our base in the Val d’Orcia is run by our friends Luisa and Matthias who also farm the surrounding 60 hectares of land. Luisa and her mother Lorenza are highly regarded both locally and worldwide as producers of fantastic Tuscan food. Luisa winning local pasta making competitions year upon year and Lorenza has been running cookery schools both from her home in San Quirico d’Orcia and over in the United States.
At Il Rigo the food is of the highest quality, with traditional dishes on the menu throughout the week all sourced from local supplies if not their own farm.
Contact us on 01799 513331 or see Our Walking Holidays in Tuscany for more information and to book.