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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to discover the captivating charm of San Quirico d’Orcia in the picturesque region of Tuscany. San Quirico d’Orcia is a charming hilltop town in the heart of Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Tuscany. The town has a rich history that dates to the Etruscan era and was an important stop along the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrimage route that connected Canterbury to Rome. San Quirico d’Orcia boasts many architectural and artistic treasures that reflect its diverse cultural influences over the centuries. Here are some of the highlights that you can explore in this picturesque town: – The Collegiate Church of San Quirico is a stunning example of Romanesque and Gothic art, with three beautiful portals decorated with sculptures and reliefs. The church was originally built in the 8th century and later enlarged and renovated. One of the portals is attributed to Giovanni Pisano, the famous sculptor who also worked on the Siena Cathedral. – The Horti Leonini is a splendid Italian garden that was designed by Diomede Leoni in 1561. The garden features geometric patterns, statues, fountains, and a rose garden. From the upper terrace, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the town and the surrounding countryside. – The Church of Santa Maria Assunta is a simple and elegant Romanesque church that was built in the 11th century. The church has a single nave with a small apse and a portal that resembles the one in the Abbey of Sant’Antimo. Inside, you can admire a statue of the Madonna by Andrea della Robbia. – The Cypress Trees of San Quirico d’Orcia are the most photographed trees in the world. They are located on a hill near the town and create a striking contrast with the rolling hills of Val d’Orcia. The cypress trees are a symbol of Tuscany and its timeless beauty. – The Chapel of Madonna of Vitaleta is a small and graceful chapel that stands isolated in the middle of a field. The chapel was built in the 16th century and houses a statue of the Madonna that was once in the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. The chapel is one of the most iconic landmarks of Val d’Orcia and has been featured in many movies and advertisements. San Quirico d’Orcia is a hidden gem in Tuscany that offers a glimpse into the past and a feast for the eyes. It is a perfect destination for those who love art, nature, and tranquillity.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk – Via dei Fossi to Via della Piazzola
Approximately 1.46 km – 0.91 miles

The walk starts in Via dei Fossi – Via della Piazzola – Via Poliziano – Via Dante Alighieri – Parrocchia San Quirico E Giulitta – Piazza Chigi – Via Dante Alighieri – Via dei Canneti – Walk back to Via Dante Alighieri – Via delle Oliviere – Piazza della Libertà – Via Dante Alighieri – Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta – Via della Piaggia – Via della Piazzola