Tuscany is known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and for its beautiful idyllic landscape. Till 2019, the following eight attractions have been listed as world heritage sites: Historic Center of Florence (1982), Piazza dei Miracoli (1987), Historic Center of San Ginignano (1990), Historic Center of Siena (1995), Historic Center of the City of Pienza (1996), Val d’Orcia (2004), Medici Villa and Gardens in Tuscany (2019), and Primeval Beech Forests in the Carpathian Mountains (2019). Next, let's take a look at these world heritage sites!
Just an hour south of Siena, you'll find this area that might resemble one you've seen in movies like The Gladiator, The English Patient, or Romeo & Juliet. Know as Val d’Orcia, this valley is dense with long, perfect cypress trees roads, and postcard-ish houses on top of too-beautiful-to-be-true hills.
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Pienza is probably the most known town here, a lovely medieval center that oversees the whole area and awards you with unforgettable panoramas and memories.
The local culinary experience is rich and super yummy. You'll get used to prelacies like cinta senese, pecorino toscano, pici (a type of pasta) or lampredotto. You'll have a hard time picking a restaurant where tasting the genuine Tuscan cuisine, the choice is so vast!
Also, where to sleep? Bed and breakfasts and “poderi” are everywhere, most of them are gifted by enchanted views of the surrounding hills. Consider a visit to the close villages of Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni and San Quirico d’Orcia, as long as insanely beautiful places like Cappella di Vitaleta. A week here will make you feel rejuvenated!
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The Orchha Valley is listed as a United Nations World Heritage Site and can be said to be the salt salt man of the entire Tuscan countryside.
everywhere is green. The breeze blew, the full screen of the wheat waves, look in the eyes.
The sun at noon is fierce, but the blue sky and white clouds, full of green wheat waves rolling, like a burst of cool and refreshing.
The sun sometimes hides in the clouds, a chase game of light and shadow, unfolding in the fields.
Living here will forget the pressure of urban life. Learn to enjoy the sun, sit on the grass and have a picnic. Learn to enjoy the sunshine of Tuscany and accept the beauty of your eyes. I dont want to go home for a long time, this may be the life I yearn for.
Along a small road, we unwittingly walked to VIA santa caterina, a non-car lane outside the city of Pienza
looked up, shocked! Marvel! Dreamy Tuscany, right in front of you!
Orcha Valley in the forecourt of the Middle Ages, is the only way between Florence, Siena and other important towns and Rome, the Pope baptism, sacrifice, missionary, etc. in Rome, in a sense, the whole of Italy The commander, led by the Pope, at that time "church power" was higher than "imperial power", while Florence, Lucca, Siena and other important towns were separate, even in war. In the valley, there are many hospitals, farmhouses and coaching stations. For centuries, the original Tuscan landscape, the dotted towns and the scattered villages have formed a history, art, architecture and environment. The comprehensive feature zone
Orcha Valley gradually shows its beauty in front of the world
Piazza Pio II
As mentioned earlier, the architect Bernardo Rossellino was appointed to renovate the town and design and build the main church square, the town hall and the Palais des Papes. In order to highlight the palaces and churches, in an finite space, design an asymmetrical geometric shape, sheltering the Second Square
irregular trapezoids, thus forming the center of the city and focus
Lonely Planet write By the way, if you rotate 360 degrees on the square, you can enjoy all the Renaissance treasures of Pienza.
Palazzo Piccolomini on the west side of Pius II Square, the rural residence of Pope Pius II
The main bishop's palace on the east side of the Pilgrimage Square, Palazzo Vescovile
the north side of the Prison II Square Hall with a conspicuous jagged bell tower