San Quirico d’Orcia is a quaint Tuscan village in the province of Siena, located above a hill where the remains of the ancient village of Osanna are located. The village overlooks the Val d’Orcia, offering viewers a glimpse of a landscape that is, to say the least, breathtaking: vast expanses of wheat fields, rolling hills, old farmhouses surrounded by a lovely countryside, and rows of cypress trees.
As a part of the Artistic Natural and Cultural Park of the Val d’Orcia, this is a particularly popular destination, thanks to the great concentration of artistic and architectural heritage sites. Within the city walls, you can admire the Vignoni Castle, the Collegiate Church of Saints Quirico e Giulitta, and other churches of renowned importance. In the Middle Ages, the village was located on the Via Francigena and was also a popular meeting point for merchants who passed through Siena and Florence.
Instead, along today’s Via Francigena, you can stop and savor local culinary specialties: from full-bodied wines to savory cheeses. As you continue to explore the area, the Horti Leonini gardens, the remains of the Cassero Tower and also - along the panoramic road towards Pienza - the famous Vitaleta Chapel should all be on your itinerary.