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Make a holiday rental house of villa in Val d’Orcia – Amiata, Italy your home away from home

The Val d’Orcia lies in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Surrounding Siena, the Val d’Orcia is home to Tuscany’s highest peak, the conical, extinct volcano of Monte Amiata, which offers magnificent panoramic views across the famous landscape of Tuscany. The Val d’Orcia is a beautiful land, where the relationship between man and land is still magnificently maintained. It is such a beautiful region that UNESCO named it a World Heritage site.

Things to do on holiday in Val d’Orcia – Amiata, Italy

The beautiful, distinctive landscape of the Val d’Orcia has attracted generations of artists to paint the stark contrasts of blue sky and golden corn, the almost perfectly conical hills topped with fortified villages, or some of Tuscany’s iconic abbeys, bridges, castles or villas.

Despite the Val d’Orcia’s undoubted natural beauty, there are very few signs of tourism here, and the only holiday accommodation you will find in the region are privately owned, self catering Val d’Orcia villas, houses or apartments.

The Val d’Orcia is a haven for walkers and cyclists alike. There are so many places to walk, and due to the world class wine production in the area, ‘wine and walking’ holidays have become increasingly popular as vineyards begin to open themselves for visitors.

The natural, mineral rich springs are also beginning to be used for spa treatments too, meaning that taking holiday accommodation in the Val d’Orcia is one of the most relaxing things you can do for a holiday!

Places to holiday in Val d’Orcia – Amiata, Italy

Monte Amiata is crossed by many footpaths, which steadily approach the summit via the grove laden lower slopes and the forested slopes of the upper reaches. These trails are fantastically looked after, offering stunning views, tough assents and refreshing breaks at some of the numerous natural springs which have kept Siena and Grosseto from going thirsty over the centuries. A huge amount of work has gone into winter provisions of winter sports on Monte Amiata too.

Weather in Val d’Orcia – Amiata, Italy

In the summer, average temperatures throughout the Val d’Orcia average over 30°C, which is incredibly warm for walking holidays, but perfect for relaxing tours of the region, but luckily for serious walkers, Val d’Orcia has an ‘Indian Summer’, with glorious, but slightly cooler, weather until October.

Travel to Val d’Orcia – Amiata, Italy

The nearest airport to the Val d’Orcia is actually Rome (FCO), although Pisa (PSA) is not far away either, and flights are provided to both from British Airways. The public transport in the area isn’t 100% reliable, but there are busses which service the Val d’Orcia. It is probably advisable to get a hire car from the airport to get the most out of your stay in Val d’Orcia holiday accommodation.

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