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Pienza, cipressen aan de strada 'Il gladiatore', op weg naar Podere Terrapille

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Cypresses near Pienza, on the famous road la strada Il gladiatore, on the way to Podere Terrapille [1]

Toacana ] Galleria di immagini  
     
   

Val d'Orcia | 7 beautiful and special hiking tours in the area of Pienza

   
   

Podere Santa Pia is an authentic holiday home in one of the most beautiful regions of Tuscany, the Maremma. Hikers have long been familiar with the house and its pristine environment. Maps and guides are widely available and guarantee comfort and a deeper insight into the Tuscan landscape.
We searched for the seven most beautiful walks in the Pienza area. The Val d'Orcia is located north of Podere Santa Pia and is easily accessible either from the abbey of Sant'Antimo and Montalcino or along the western flank of Monte Amiata.

Pienza is one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany. The village, perched on a hill, is one of the most popular and most visited villages in the south of Tuscany, together with Montepulciano and Montalcino.
In 1996, UNESCO declared the historic center of Pienza a World Heritage Site. In 2004, the whole Orcia valley was added to the list. Pienza has become very busy during weekends and during the summer months. But in April, May, and June, the ideal time for hiking in the Val d'Orcia, the crowds are not too bad.
These walks start either at the Porta al Prato, the gateway to the old town, or in a more quiet part of Pienza, on the Via Enzo Mangiavacchi, where you can park well.
Between Pienza and Montalcino, the Orcia winds north of Monte Amiata through the hills of San Quirico d'Orcia, Castiglione d'Orcia and Radicofani. The artistic, natural and cultural park of the Val d'Orcia has created an extensive walking network, which leads you along unpaved roads, the so-called strade bianche, old cobbled paths, small churches and famous vineyards. Cypresses adorn the hilltops everywhere.

We selected 7 beautiful and special hiking tours in the surroundings of Pienza, and seven trails in the area of the Vitaleta Chapel.

 

7 mooie en bijzondere wandeltochten in de omgeving van Pienza

 

1 - Anello Pienza | 3,5 km

A short exploratory walk along the streets of Pienza, along the Pieve di Corsignano and Via Santa Caterina.
All streets in Pienza eventually lead to Piazza Pio II, a trapezoidal square, which optically provides a special perspective. Around the suggestive piazza are the four most important buildings of the city. The Diocesan museum has a fine collection of Sienese art, and the hanging garden of the Palazzo Piccolomini is exceptionally beautiful.

We start this walk with a brief exploration of the alleys of Pienza, starting at Largo Roma and entering Pienza along the Via dell'Apertura.
Walk into Via dell'Apertura and almost immediately turn left onto Via Case Nuove and enter a pleasant square. There is a good ice cream parlor, Buon Gusto Gelateria (Via delle Case Nuove, 26), and at number 7 Caffè della Volpe.

Anello Pienza | 3,5 km | 40 min
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We can park our car in the surroundings of Via Mario Mencatelli.

 
View from Belvedere Pienza
       

Anello Pienza

 

Pienza, Palazzo Comunale   Pienza, Palazzo Borgia o Palazzo Vescovile   Duomo (Pienza)

Palazzo Comunale

 

 

Pienza, Palazzo Borgia o Palazzo Vescovile

 

  Pienza, Duomo
2 - Pienza, along the Gladiator road to the Vitaleta Chapel | Anello, 11,25 km |

We start this walk with a brief exploration of the alleys of Pienza, starting at Largo Roma and entering Pienza along the Via dell'Apertura.
Walk into Via dell'Apertura and almost immediately turn left onto Via Case Nuove and enter a pleasant square. There is a good ice cream parlor, Buon Gusto Gelateria (Via delle Case Nuove, 26), and at number 7 Caffè della Volpe.

Pienza, along the Gladiator road to the Vitaleta Chapel | Anello, 11,25 km | gpx

A similar trail, with a different and shorter stretch in Pienza is the next walk, Annello Pienza - Capella di Vitaleta | 10,26 km.

 
http://casavacanze.poderesantapia.com/walk/valdorcia/anellopienzaterrapillecappelladivitaleta.htm
In the footsteps of Russell Crowe
       

 

 

Annello Pienza - Capella di Vitaleta | 10,26 km

The Capella della Madonna di Vitaleta, with its cypresses and old podere, is one of the most photographed places in Tuscany. The walk from Pienza to the chapel runs through a beautiful part of the Val d'Orcia.
On the way back you walk along the famous road with cypress trees where some of Gladiator's scenes were recorded, and further along the Pieve di Corsignano, a jewel of Romanesque architecture.


Anello Pienza - Vitaleta Chapel |10,26 km | 2 hours
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We can park our car in the surroundings of Piazza Dante Alighieri.

 
Cap vitaleta
       

Anello Pienza

 

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

San Quirico d'Orcia, Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta

 

 

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

 

3 - Circular walk Pienza (Porta al Prato) - Spedaletto - La Cappella Vitaleta | 21,74 k

This is an extended version of the previous walk. This itinerary can start by entering the historical center of Pienza through the gateway called the Porta al Prato.
After an brief exploratory tour through Pienza (starting at the Porta al Prato), enjoying the unchanged medieval centre, we leave Pienza through the Porta del Santo (on the left of the Duomo) and walk down, in the direction of Bandita Selvoli, a strongly eroded piece of land near Podere Selvoli. These are the biancane that are so characteristic of the Crete Senesi, but which occur throughout the Val d'Orcia as well. Halfway we walk over the Strada Provincial della Val d'Orcia, the river is on your left. After about 1.5 kilometers you turn right into a strada bianca or dirt road, and immediately left again, and walk in the direction of Podere Commenda and on to the Capella Vitaleta.

Anello Pienza (Porta al Prato) - Spedaletto - La Cappella Vitaleta | 21,86 km| 4 hours 20 minutes
We can park our car in the surroundings of Piazza Dante Alighieri, and enter Pienza through Porta al Prato.

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A variation of this track is the Anello Pienza - Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta - Podere Selvoli |  18,61 km | gpx


 


Circular walk Pienza (Porta al Prato) - Spedaletto - La Cappella Vitaleta

Circular walk Pienza (Porta al Prato) - Spedaletto - La Cappella Vitaleta

Pienza, Via del Casello   Cypress trees in the Val d'Orcia   Pienza, Chiesa di Santa Caterina
Pienza, Via del Casello   Cypress trees in the Val d'Orcia  

Pienza, Chiesa di Santa Caterina

 

4 - Circular walk Pienza, Cappella Vitaleta and Bagno Vignoni | 27 km

A beautiful, but a long walk in the overwhelming landscape of the Val d'Orcia. Halfway you suddenly come face to face with the Cappella di Vitaleta. This small chapel with a few cypresses is one of the iconic images of Tuscany. Furthermore you walk along the banks of the Orcia to Bagno Vignoni, a spa with thermal baths that have Roman origins.
On the way back we also walk along the biancane Bandite Selvio, a striking piece of nature characterized by biancane and calanchi.

Anello Pienza, Cappella Vitaleta and Bagno Vignoni | 27 km | 5,5 uur
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Anello Pienza - Bagno Vignoni
Anello Pienza - Bagno Vignoni
Castiglione D'Orcia e Rocca D'Orcia - veduta dalla Via Cassia   Bagno Vignoni   Bagno Vignoni, Parco dei Mulini, grotte

Castiglione d'Orcia e Rocca d'Orcia visti dalla Via Cassia

 

 

Bagno Vignoni, Piazza dei Sorgenti

 

  Bagno Vignoni, Parco dei Mulini
5 - San Quirico d'Orcia - Pienza | 7,84 km

 

 

 

A nice walk that runs from San Quirico d'Orcia to Pienza. Be sure to take a moment to explore San Quirico d'Orcia. This is one of the most beautiful towns in the Val d'Orcia.There are two churches and Renaissance gardens that you can not post. The main street of San Quirico d'Orcia, Via Dante Alighieri runs from Piazza IV Novembre to the Duomo, the Collegiata dei Santi Quirico e Giulitta. Halfway is at the Piazza della Libertà, the Chiesa di San Francesco. This church, built on the old San Francesco monastery, is also called the Chiesa della Madonna di Vitaleta, because here the Madonna of Andrea Della Robbia is kept. The image in glazed porcelain is on the main altar. Halfway through our walk to Pienza, the Capella Vialeta is a nice stop for a photo session. Here used to be the statue of Andrea della Robbia's Madonna, a glazed terracotta sculpture.

 


San Quirico d'Orcia - Pienza
| km | 1,5 uur
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San Qiorico d'Orcia - Pienza

San Qiorico d'Orcia - Pienza

Horti Leonini, San Quirico d'Orcia   SQuiricod'O z10   Chiesa Santa Maria Assuntai, San Quirico d'Orcia

Horti Leonini, San Quirico d'Orcia

 

  Straatbeeld San Quirico d'Orcia  

Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta, San Quirico d'Orcia, e l'ingresso del Giardino delle Rose

 

6 - Pienza - Monticchiello | 7 km

   

This itinerary starts at Piazza Pio II, the majestic central square of Pienza. We follow the Corso towards Porta del Ciglio, or we walk along the alley on the left of the Duomo, Via del Casello. There you have the opportunity for a first coffee with an uninterrupted view of the Val d'Orcia. (In Bar Il Casello, Via del Casello 3). This is a great place, visited by locals and young lovers.
We leave Pienza via the Porta al Ciglio and walk along the Strada Comunale Monticchiello through the undulating landscape of the Val d'Orcia. This is one of the most evocative and unspoiled parts of Tuscany.

We reach the gate of Monticchiello after about 1.5 hours. There are several good restaurants in Monticchiello, some with a beautiful terrace from where you can look back on the track.

 


MonticchielloPanoramaSOePienzaaItinerary Pienza - Monticchiello
Itinerary Pienza - Monticchiello

   

 

 

Monticchiello, panorama   Monticchiello, Porta Sant Agata   Pieve dei Santi Leonardo e Cristoforo a Monticchiello
Monticchiello, panorama   Monticchiello, Porta Sant'Agata  

Pieve dei Santi Leonardo e Cristoforo a Monticchiello

 

7 - Anello Pienza - Montepulciano | 26,5 km

   

Montepulciano is built on a narrow tufa cliff. The long main street, the Via di Gracciano nel Corso, connects the Porta al Prato with the Piazza Grande. This square is built on the highest point of the ridge.
Begin the walk on the Piazza Grande of Montepulciano, take the panoramic path to Porta dei Grassi, and continue walking down to the Chiesa di San Biagio.
From there the path leads to Pienza through the typical hills of the Val d'Orcia. The landscape approaches the image that many people of Tuscany have, the Val d'Orcia with its rolling green hills, vineyards, idyllic villages on hill crests and everywhere the so typical cypresses. There is a variant of this hike that halfway also passes Monticchiello.
This is a good alternative.

Walking in the spectacular panoramic scenery of Tuscany | Montepulciano - Monticchiello - Pienza | lenghth 16 km | Time: 3 hours | Total climb 550 m | Total descent 532 m | gpx

 

 
Montepulciano - Chiesa di San Biagio
Circular walk Montepulciano - Pienza - Montepulciano
San Biago, Montepulciano, foto storica   San Biagio outside   Itinerary Montepulciano - Montefollonico

San Biagio, Montepulciano, foto storica

 

 

San Biagio, esterno

 

  Itinerary Montepulciano - Montefollonico
   
   

Pienza | Ingrandire mappa


The only frazione of Pienza is Monticchiello. The neighboring municipalities of Pienza are Castiglione d'Orcia, Chianciano Terme, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Radicofani, San Quirico d'Orcia, Sarteano, Torrita di Siena and Trequanda.

 
   

Il Museo diocesano d'Arte Sacra di Pienza, Palazzo Vescoville

Museo diocesano, corso Il Rossellino, 30 - Pienza (Siena).
Openingsuren : van midden maart tot oktober, woensdag-maandag, van 10.00-13.00 en 15.00-19.00; dinsdag gesloten; van november tot midden maart, zaterdag en zondag, van 10.00-13.00 en 15.00-18.00; gesloten op dinsdag.

 


[1] Photo by Raffaele pagani, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.




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The best restaurants in Pienza

 

Osteria Sette di Vino

Osteria Sette di Vino
Piazza di Spagna 1, 53026, Pienza, Italy
+39 0578 749092
Closed Wednesday
Website: www.portalepienza.it
Simple and inexpensive osteria on a quiet, pleasant square, the Piazza di Spagna in the center of Pienza.


Caffe Della Volpe

Caffe Della Volpe
Via delle Case Nuove 7, 53026, Pienza, Italy
+39 347 404 3450


Agriturismo Ristorante La Fonte

Agriturismo Ristorante La Fonte
Localita Fonte Bertusi di Sopra 73, 53026, Pienza, Italy
Tel. +39 0578 749142
Tel. mobile +39 339 8698900
info@lafonte.toscana.it
Website: www.lafonte.toscana.it/il-ristorante


Baccano Il Panino Toscano

Baccano Il Panino Toscano
Corso il Rossellino, 9, 53026, Pienza, Italy
+39 0578 748784
Website (Facebook): www.facebook.com/baccanoilpaninotoscano


La Terrazza del Chiostro

La Terrazza del Chiostro
Via del Balzello | Cross street of Corso Il Rossellino 26, 53026, Pienza, Italy
+39 0578 748183
Website: www.laterrazzadelchiostro.it
Sitting on this beautiful terrazzo affords the view of the whole valley below


Restaurants in Monticchiello


Osteria La Porta

Osteria La Porta
Via del Piano 1, 53026 Monticchiello, Pienza, Italy
+39 0578 755163
Website: http://www.osterialaporta.it/

 

Discover Tuscanyand the Val d'Orcia | The best restaurants in Pienza
For a more extensive list of good restaurants and addresses for pecorino and other specialties, read also Some of the best Restaurants and food addresses in Siena (NED).


#travelingintuscany Capella Vitaleta, Val d’Orcia. Grazie @antoncino per la bellissima foto