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Beautiful Tuscany: The Val d’Orcia


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A lot of people I know have felt a strange sense of familiarity when visiting the Tuscan countryside for the first time.  Was it from a movie, perhaps?  A friend’s photos?

More often than not, you’re probably recognizing Tuscany from iconic Renaissance paintings.

The Medici, who ruled Florence during the Renaissance, were among the greatest art patrons of all time. It’s because of their commissions that the Renaissance was such an explosive period for beautiful art. Their influence spread to other regions, and leaders decided to go beyond just commissioning paintings in curating the surrounding landscape.

 

From UNESCO, who have deemed it a World Heritage Site:

The landscape of Val d’Orcia is part of the agricultural hinterland of Siena, redrawn and developed when it was integrated in the territory of the city-state in the 14th and 15th centuries to reflect an idealized model of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture.

In other words, they decided, “Let’s make this landscape as beautiful as possible so people will be jealous when they see how beautiful the paintings are.”

And they did.

And today, it looks almost exactly the same!  You can see the trees that were painstakingly planted in the perfect spots to ensure the maximum beauty.

I was visiting the region as part of one agency tour.  While we were based at our beautiful agriturismo in Chianciano Terme most of the time, this is one of the day trips that’s included in the tour.

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