San Quirico d’Orcia is a charming medieval village located in Tuscany, known for its scenic beauty, architecture and history. This small town is located in the Val d’Orcia, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004, and is an ideal destination for those who love nature, art and history. If you are planning a trip to this destination, we recommend that you visit it in an eco-sustainable way to preserve the environment and its beauty for future generations.

5 Tips for your sustainable trip to San Quirico d’Orcia

Landscape Tuscany, walking or cycling to visit sustainably San Quirico and Val d'Orcia.
Walking or cycling allows you to experience the beauty of San Quirico and Val d’Orcia in a sustainable way. Photo via Canva PRO.

Here are some tips to make your trip sustainable:

  1. Use public transport: Here it is easily accessible by public transport. Avoid using the private car reduces the environmental impact and allows you to enjoy the view of the landscape during the trip.
  2. Eco-friendly accommodation: Choose to stay in facilities that adopt eco-sustainable practices such as the use of renewable energy and waste reduction, such as this eco-friendly farmhouse surrounded by nature in the Val d’Orcia.
  3. Walking or renting bicycles: This small and pleasant town is to explore on foot or by bike. This allows you to enjoy the scenic beauty and limit the environmental impact.
  4. Eating Local Food: Choose to eat local food at km 0, which helps support the local economy and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food from afar. Among the delicacies not to be missed are the “Pici” of the Val d’Orcia, a typical pasta pulled by hand, the pecorino cheese of Pienza and the red wine Orcia doc.
  5. Avoid buying environmentally harmful souvenirs: Avoid buying souvenirs made from environmentally harmful materials such as plastic or wood from destroyed forests. Instead, opt for local and sustainable souvenirs, such as artisanal products or food at km0.
Sleep sustainably in San Quirico d'Orcia at Sarna Residence.
Sarna Residence, eco-friendly apartments in San Quirico d’Orcia.

These are just a few tips to make your holiday in San Quirico d’Orcia a sustainable and responsible experience. By following them, you will enjoy the beauty of this medieval village and at the same time help preserve it for future generations.

What to see in San Quirico d’Orcia:

In the historic center of San Quirico d'Orcia
San Quirico d’Orcia, photos via Canva Pro.

1. Porta Senese

One of the most iconic attractions of San Quirico d’Orcia is the Porta Senese, an ancient gateway to the village built in the fourteenth century. The door has been restored and today is a symbol of the village and an ideal starting point for a walk to discover the treasures of this city.

2. Church of San Francesco

Church of San Francesco. Photo of Sailko, via Wikimedia
Photo of Sailko, via Wikimedia

Another unmissable stop is the Church of San Francesco, one of the oldest and most important of the town. The church dates back to the thirteenth century and is famous for its frescoes, including those of Taddeo di Bartolo.

3. Praetorian Palace

Another historical attraction of this city is the Praetorian Palace, built in the fourteenth century and now home to the town hall. The building is characterized by a stone facade and a large coat of arms of the priors that dominated the central square.

4. Garden of the Tarot

For lovers of art and gardens, the Tarot Garden is a must. This garden, designed by the artist Niki de Saint Phalle, is an open-air work of art that combines the beauty of the Tuscan landscape with the imagination and creativity of the artist.

5. Baths of San Filippo

Baths of Bagni di San Filippo, photo by Walter Della Schiava, via Wikimedia
Baths of Bagni di San Filippo, photo by Walter Della Schiava, via Wikimedia

Finally, the Baths of San Filippo are one of the most natural attractions of this area. These spas, formed by natural pools of thermal water, are an ideal place to relax and enjoy the surrounding scenic beauty.

In conclusion, San Quirico d’Orcia is a fascinating destination rich in history and natural beauty. Visiting the village in an eco-sustainable way allows you to appreciate its beauty.

Author: Federica Saraullo

I'm Federica, I'm 21 years old and I come from Abruzzo in the province of Chieti. I study Tourism Economics in Rimini, I like the world of tourism, traveling, and exploring. I dream to open my own agritourism business. My great passion is photography and I would like to combine my passions and transmit them to you.
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