Art and Museums
The Communes of the Val of Orcia, laying between the Valley and the Amiata, have a territory rich in natural beauties and testimonies historical and artistic outcome of their millennial culture.
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World Heritage
………Cultural landscape, word heritage - UNESCO
Suzhov, Luglio 2004

The Val d'Orcia is an exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was rewritten in pre-reinaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture.
Celebrated by painters from the siennese school, the Val d'Orcia have come to bee seen as icon of the landscape which have profoundly influenced the development of landscape thinking.


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The Termal
...and sources that gushing out in the squares and in the ancient thermal establishments become warm and steamy rivulets, among falls and tubes, they move away in the white of the limestone... More >>>
 
The thermal sources

The geologic history of the territory of the Val d'Orcia has begun 5 million years ago when in the zone there was the volcano of Amiata.
Its activity has produced porous rocks that allow the waters rain to penetrate in deep underground and come uot below towards the valley by thousand sources and brooks that feed the secular woods of firs, beech trees and chestnut trees Part of the waters undergruond comes to contact with the residual volcanic activity of the Mountain and for this reason there are a lot of thermal sources with waters rich in calcium, sulphur etc.


Thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni:

The name of this ancient suburb derives from the castle of Vignoni that dominates the hill above the suburb.
Around a great rectangular tub, into which come up the termal waters, there are the residences, the inns, the church of St. Giovanni Battista and the Santa Caterina's portico.
Besides Saint Caterina from Siena also other characters of the time have enjoyed of its thermal waters as Pope Pio II Piccolomini, Lorenzo il Magnifico , the Granduca Cosimo III etc.

Thermal baths of Bagno San Filippo

Center thermal place to 524 mt height on the slopes of the Amiata Mountain.
Its thermal waters sulfuree and rich of carbonate of calcium going down to valley gives life to the "Fosso Bianco" with falls and "gore" of limestone.
The recoveries of Roman necropolises testify as the place it was already known in the I and II sec. D. C.
The thermal baths were frequented by the Medici with Lorenzo il Magnifico, the Granduca Ferdinando etc.. so much that the Macchiavelli in the "Mandragola" it recommends " to take baths to St. Phillippo...".

The Thermal Bagni di Saturnia:
Famous for its falls of white stones

The thermal baths of San Casciano Bagni
with his most refined search of comfort

 

 
 

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