Each year, Tuscany’s picturesque Val d’Orcia region comes alive with an exciting array of cultural events to mark the arrival of Spring and welcome the first tourists of the season. With its gently-rolling hills dotted with cypress trees, medieval churches and hilltop towns, this cherished landscape has inspired countless artists over the centuries. The Val d’Orciahas been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004 for its harmony between man and nature and a recent tourism initiative not only honors but exalts this unique connection.
As the Tuscan countryside awakens from its winter slumber, the towns of Montalcino, Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia serve as the backdrop for wine festivals, art exhibitions, bicycle rides and literary seminars that celebrate the region’s rich heritage.
“The events that we present here are a reflection of our land,” explains Ugo Sani, the Cultural Advisor of San Quirico d’Orcia. “They transmit the beauty, the flavors, the atmosphere of the region. These landscapes are made of history, art, music and soul: they are part of humanity. And living here means sharing a special relationship between nature and art. This is the spirit that guides our artistic heritage – the Val d’Orcia is a place where wellbeing reigns supreme, where time seems to stand still.”