The Val d’Orcia has the best of Tuscany: a handful of famous little hill towns, the wine area of Brunello and some of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. Think the breathtaking panoramic countryside scenes of Russel Crowe’s 'Gladiator'.
The valley - a world heritage site for UNESCO - has recently become a destination in itself with an influx of new hip hotels and cool restaurants. It has long been an getaway for travellers who come for the relaxed sophistication, the renowned wine and food, the Renaissance culture and the boutique spas.
The medieval village of San Quirico d'Orcia is an oasis - sitting on the ancient pilgrim route to Rome surrounded by the small towns of Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano. Nearby Siena, Tuscany’s second city, Florence for it Renaissance architecture, museums, galleries and designer shops.
San Quirico d'Orcia is famed for its tiny churches, gardens and festivals. There is a quietly vibrant atmosphere. Here you’ll find artisan olive oil producers, several trendy boutiques and cafes all on your doorstep. The village restaurants are remarkably good - and serve pici pasta freshly rolled each morning.
The house has been renovated to a high standard with 3 large bedrooms sleeping up to 6 over 4 floors. The dining terrace, large sitting-dining room. high spec kitchen, comfortable beds with crisp white linen, two smart bathrooms, log burning stove, plasma TV, extensive DVD library and Internet Wifi all make the house a perfectly relaxing home and an ideal base from which to explore Southern Tuscany.
Alternatively - The village is a perfect sanctuary in which to relax and rest. Take it easy soaking up the atmosphere sipping capuccinos in a local cafe. Or head to one of the spa hotels for a long lunch and soak in a swimming pool.