Chianti, Val d'Orcia & Co. – The Tuscan Hills
The Most Beautiful Countryside In The World
The sound of cicadas in the hot Tuscan afternoons, the cypress trees that snake along the country lanes, sweets horizons of vineyards and charming medieval villages. For scenic beauty and artistic richness, the Sienese countryside is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Six outstanding valleys compose the province of Siena: Chianti, Crete Senesi, Val d’Orcia, Val d’Elsa, Val di Merse and Val di Chiana. Each valley contains unique treasures, both naturalistic and cultural. Every valley alone is worth the trip. Chianti does not need any introduction. It is home to one of the finest red wines in the world, Chianti Classico, marked by the historic symbol of the black rooster. Not to mention the Val d’Orcia, one of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Listed among UNESCO World Heritage sites, this valley has inspired Renaissance painters and artists from around the world. Tuscany has even its own desert: the Crete Senesi, famous for the lunar landscapes and spectacular ravines, endless meadows and rarefied atmosphere. And then the Val d’Elsa, known for its glassware, the Val di Chiana, where are grown the prized Chianina cows, and the beautiful Val di Merse, rich in natural parks and off the beaten track. Among the gentle slopes of these six valleys are art towns of the caliber of Pienza, San Gimignano, Montalcino and Bagno Vignoni, not to mention the city of Siena, the abbeys and castles. Last but not least, the wine and food traditions of these ancient lands will irremediably pamper the lucky traveller. In summary, this is the trip of a lifetime.