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San Quirico d'Orcia [1]


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San Quirico d'Orcia


San Quirico d'Orcia is a comune (municipality) of about 2,500 inhabitants in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southeast of Florence and about 35 kilometres (22 mi)
southeast of Siena inside the Valdorcia landscape. It is named in honor of Saint Quiricus.


Located on the Via Francigena, San Quirico d'Orcia borders the municipalities of Castiglione d'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, and San Giovanni d'Asso. It counts the hamlets (frazioni) of Bagno Vignoni (also named Vignoni), and Fornace Laterizi.
Due to its position in the middle of the main Via Francigena pilgrimage route, San Quirico has long been a staging post for pilgrims and merchants on the way to Rome.

Main sights

The frazione of Vignoni houses a castle, a residence of the Salimbeni in the 12th century. It includes a top-less tower and a Romanesque church, once housing a crufix by Giambologna, now in the Museum of Montalcino. Annexed is also the (rebuilt) 15th century Palazzo degli Amerighi, where a plot was set against the Spanish who menaced Siena in 1558–59.

San Quirico is home to the following churches:

Collegiate church of San Quirico. Once a rural pieve (pleban church) from the 8th century, with a baptismal font, it was rebuilt into the current structure in the 12th century. The rear section was altered in 1663 to add the choir. It is on the Latin cross plan, with a single nave and side chapels. Notable is the main portal, in Lombard style, consisting in a decorated protiro in sandstone, with columns supported by lions. The arch includes ten columns, whose capitals are decorated with animals and vegetable figures, while the architrave features two crocodiles facing each other. The lunette has a high-relief sculpture allegedly portraying St. Damasus, though likely to be identified with St. Quiricus. A side portal, added in the 13th century, has been attributed to Giovanni Pisano, who was in Siena at the time. Most of the interior decoration date to the 17th century, while the bell tower was rebuilt in 1798–1806.

Romanesque church of San Biagio a Vignoni

Church of Santa Maria Assunta (late 11th century)

Church of San Giovanni Battista, at Bagno Vignoni

Church of Madonna di Vitaleta, housing a "Madonna" attributed to Andrea della Robbia

Horti Leonini (1561), an example of Italian garden

Palazzo Chigi Zondadari, a baroque historic building located in Piazza Chigi, dates back to the 17th century and looks like an imposing stone structure in contrast to the surrounding buildings (the Collegiata).

Piazza della Libertà

Halfway through Via Dante Alighieri, on Piazza della Libertà, is the Chiesa di San Francesco. This church is also called the Chiesa della Madonna di Vitaleta , because the Madonna of Andrea Della Robbia is kept here. The glazed porcelain sculpture is on the main altar.
Opposite the church is the Porta Nuova, one of the medieval gateways of the city, and on its left a brick gate leads you to the Horti Leonini, one of Tuscany's most beautiful gardens.

In June, Festa del Barbarossa takes place in the historic center of the city. During the first week of September, a party will be held on the piazza della Libertà and in the surrounding streets in honor of the Madonna di Vitaleta.

The inhabitants of San Quirico d'Orcia are called Sanquirichesi.


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Weekly market in San Quirico d'Orcia takes place in the historic center on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 8:00 to 13:00.



Mappa San Quirico d'Orcia | Ingrandire mappa


The gates of San Quiricio d'Orcia

San Quirico d'Orcia has retained many of its original fortified walls, with tracks of about 14 small towers and three gates. The best-kept gate is the Porta Cappucini, a strange hexagonal structure. Central to Via Dante Alighieri, is the Porta Nuova. A small brick gate to the Porta Nuova gives access to the Horti Leonini. In the upper part of the park is also one of the preserved medieval towers of the city.

One of the access ports of San Quirico d'Orcia, the Porta Ferrea or Porta Romana was blown up by German troops during World War II. From this gate, you can only reconstruct an image by old postcards.

San Quirico d'Orcia, Porta Romana

Porta Romana


Porta dei Cappuccini (13th Century), seen from outside   SanQuiricodOrciaPortaCappuccini5   SanQuiricodOrciaPortaCappuccini3

Porta dei Cappuccini (13th Century), seen from outside, Defensive Gate in San Quirico d'Orcia


  Porta dei Cappuccini (13th Century), seen from inside, Defensive Gate in San Quirico d'Orcia  

Porta dei Cappuccini (13th Century), seen from outside


The gardens of San Quirico d'Orcia


San Quirico d'Orcia has a famous garden, the Horti Leonini. This garden is a well-preserved example of a classic Italian garden of the 16th century.

It's also worth mentioning two smaller gardens in San Quirico d'Orcia. The Giardino delle Rose is located between the Horti Leonini garden and the Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta.
Next to Palazzo Chigi, we find a garden dedicated to Nilde Iotti, the main political woman of the second half of the XX century in Italy. Leonilde Iotti, better known as Nilde Iotti (April 10, 1920 - December 4, 1999) was an Italian politician of the Communist Party. She was the first woman to be president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies for three consecutive parliamentary periods from 1979 to 1992. She had an apartment in the historic center of San Quirico d'Orcia where she spent her holidays.

Musical Landscapes in Tuscany

Musical Landscapes in Tuscany is a classical music festival taking place in various venues of the Val d'Orcia.
San Quirico's historical center is evidence of a rich artistic and cultural history dating back over a thousand years and hosts several venues for the festival. The Church of the Collegiata, the Pieve di S. Maria, the Palazzo Chigi, the Horti Leonini gardens, the Cappella di Vitaleta, the Giardini Nilde Iotti and the medieval thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni comprise the splendid venues for several concerts.

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Galleria fotografica San Quirico d'Orcia

Galleria fotografica San Quirico d'Orcia

Forti Leonini (San Quirico d’Orcia) 28   Palazzo Chigi Zondadari (San Quirico d’Orcia) esterno 6   Horti Leonini, San Quirico d'Orcia
Horti Leonini, San Quirico d'Orcia   Palazzo Chigi Zondadari,  San Quirico d'Orcia



Horti Leonini, San Quirico d'Orcia


Giardino delle Rose, Horti Leonini, San Quirico d'Orcia   De Collegiata kerk in San Quirico d'Orcia   Chiesa San Francesco, San Quirico d'Orcia

Giardino delle Rose, Horti Leonini, San Quirico d'Orcia



De Collegiata kerk in San Quirico d'Orcia



Chiesa San Francesco, San Quirico d'Orcia


Photo album Van d'Orcia

Galleria fotografica Val d'Orcia



Near San Quirico d'Orcia is a beautiful small chapel, the Capella Vitaleta.. This spectacular sight is set on a hill on the road to Pienza. The chapel was restored in 1184 by the architect Giuseppe Partini and recently placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
The Capella Vitaleta is undoubtedly the most photographed subject in the Val d'Orcia. On social media there are countless images of the chapel, showing clearly that it is always different, depending on the weather and the time of day. It's a good idea to walk to the chapel. Read here how to reach the chapel on foot.

On the road from Montalcino to San Quirico d'Orcia is a second iconic image of the Val d'Orcia, a small group of cypresses.

San Quirico d'Orcia, Capella della Madonna di Vitaleta   Cipressi e la Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta, tra Pienza and San Quirico d'Orcia   Cypress trees between San Quirico d'Orcia and Montalcino

Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta, nei pressi di San Quirico d'Orcia



Cipressi e la Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta, tra Pienza and San Quirico d'Orcia



Cipressi tra San Quirico d'Orcia e Montalcino


Cipressen in de Val d'Orcia. Het verhaal van Cyparissus in Ovidius' Metamorfosen     Villa La Foce

Cipressi nella Val d'Orcia. La storia di Cyparissus nella Metamorfosi di Ovidio


  I cipressi e Villa La Foce, l'ultimo giardino di Iris Origo e Cecil Pinsent   Ingresso di Villa La Foce.
C'è un mazzo di cipressi davanti alla porta


Introduzione ai giardini del senese, a cura dell'Archivio Italiano dell'Arte dei Giardini, San Quirico d'Orcia, 1976.

I giardini del Chianti, a cura di Giuseppina Carla Romby e Renato Stopani, Firenze, 1989.

Il giardino rivelato, segni e labirinti nei giardini senesi, fotografie di Ilio Scali e Mauro Tozzi, ed. Il Leccio, Siena, 1995. Prefazione L'Archetipo della Natura di Ugo Sani, presidente dell'Archivio Italiano dell'Arte dei Giardini.

I giardini di Toscana, a cura della Regione Toscana, Edifir, Firenze 2001.

Patricia McCobb, Un giardino rinascimentale a San Quirico d'Orcia. La storia di Diomede Leoni e dei suoi Horti Leonini, Editrice DonChisciotte, San Quirico d’Orcia, 2010.

[1] Foto di Zyance, icenziato in base ai termini della licenza under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported.


Restaurants in San Quirico d'Orcia

La Bottega di Portanuova
A small grocery and restaurant in San Quirico d'Orcia, with local specialties.

Via Dei Canneti 37/F, 53027 San Quirico dOrcia
+39 340 357 6797
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Ristorante Da Ciacco

Via Dante Alighieri 30/a, 53027 San Quirico dOrcia, Italië
+39 0577 897312
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Il Garibaldi
The location of this restaurant is strange, behind a gas station, but once inside you have beautiful views over the Tuscan hills.

Via Cassia 17, 53027 San Quirico dOrcia
+39 0577 898315
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Holiday accomodation in Tuscany

Podere Santa Pia is an authentic holiday home in Castiglioncello Bandini, a small village in the south of Tuscany, near Montalcino and Monte Amiata. The property of Podere Santa Pia lies on the hills overlooking the Valle d’Ombrone, a beautiful and miraculously intact valley in Southern Tuscany.
Numerous towns and villages offer a treasure trove of history and art waiting to be discovered. Drive through the magnificent hills of the Montecucco wineregion all the way to Montalcino, and enjoy the beauty of villages and hamlets along the way.

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Podere Santa Pia


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Album Van d'Orcia


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