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Val d’Orcia

The Val d’Orcia is located to the east of Monte Amiata about 45 minutes from Podere Sant’Angelo. With its hilltop farmhouses and lines of cypress trees this is the place to enjoy the archetypal Tuscan landscape. My favourite places here are the amazing castle at Castiglione d’Orcia from the top of the castle there are stunning views across the whole of the valley, San Quirico d’Orcia with its lovely renaissance garden, the Horti Leonini, and the beautiful gardens at La Foce.

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Santa Fiora

This lovely town on the slopes of Monte Amiata is famous for the renaissance ceramics by Andrea della Robbia. You can see these in the Pieve delle Sante Flora e Lucilla in the upper part of the town. The main square, again in the upper part of the town, is very charming. The medieval fishpool and surrounding park in the lower part of town is also worth a visit, especially on a hot summer’s afternoon.

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La Foce Il Dopolavoro

Well prepared, delicious food in a lovely setting near the La Foce country house. Visit the gardens on Wednesday afternoons. Read Iris Origo’s fascinating account of the last years of the war in this part of Tuscany in ‘War in the Val d’Orcia’. Iris, a British national married to an Italian aristocrat, lived here during the war. Strada della Vittoria, 90, La Foce, Pienza 55km from Podere Sant’Angelo

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