The Orcia Valleys, or Val d’Orcia, are meant for hikers, walkers and cyclers. The region is all part of the “Parco artistic natural e cultural della Valle d’Orcia.” Travelers to the hotels in Val d’Orcia quickly learn this includes the towns and villages in the region as well as the rolling landscape with its olive groves and clay earth. Travelers leave Val d’Orcia hotels and follow the old Roman road as it winds throughout the region. If you decide to remain more than a weekend, Val d’Orcia does offer you the chance to be part of a unique experience. Check with Vayama.com for suitable accommodation, including Val d’Orcia cheap hotels or discount hotels. Val d’Orcia can then become affordable for those on a budget.
In this huge “parco,” there is much to see and do. In Pienza, a small town not too far from Siena, you can find examine a working “planned” community. Pienza, designers constructed what they hoped would be an ideal. Explore its history in the community, itself, or visit its two museums. There is also the Pieve di Corsignano, the 11th century church where Pope Pius II was baptized.
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