Val d’Orcia is a large valley located in Tuscany, in the south of Siena. Crossed by the river Orcia, which gives it its name, it is characterized by pleasant landscapes and various medieval centers, two of which are very well known as Pienza and Montalcino.
The valley is also an important park, natural, artistic and cultural, and since 2 July 2004 has been recognized World Heritage by UNESCO, for the excellent conservation status of the landscape.
Thanks to the landscape peculiarities that make the Val d’Orcia one of the most evocative places in the world, the whole area has been repeatedly chosen as the setting for films of international importance. In this case we can mention Ridley Scott’s Gladiator in the scene in which the protagonist enters the Elysian Fields down a slope, walking immersed in the ears of wheat to rejoin the family that awaits him below. That scene was filmed at Terrapille, in the immediate vicinity of Pienza. Other not less important films that have been entirely filmed in Val d’Orcia and in the immediate vicinity are Bernardo Bertolucci’s Solo Dance and Anthony Minghella’s English Patient.
The five municipal capitals are: Castiglione d’Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani, and San Quirico d’Orcia,
The Cypress is the characteristic tree of the area, typical foods and wines are: Pici, the Cinta Senese salami, the Pecorino di Pienza, the Brunello di Montalcino and the new denomination of the DOC Orcia wine.