Val D’Orcia – just as beautiful in Autumn as in the Spring!

I am so happy that this area of outstanding national beauty is protected by UNESCO and hope it lasts – it is too pretty to spoil . We have just come back from a wonderful day enjoying the rolling Tuscan hills that create this beautiful countryside !

Today as part of our week of garden tours, Katie Campbell and I ,plus nine guests, visited Pienza in Val D’Orcia to see the birthplace and childhood home of Pope Pius Piccolomini II – and the views are just as stupendous in the Autumn as they had been when we visited in the spring.

We had lunch at in nearby Montechiello (above) the town at the top of the famous “hairpin bend with cypress path” in the much admired view from the gardens of La Foce.

 

la Foce itself was full of Autumn splendour and quite busy, with a much larger tourist group so it was a special pleasure for our little group to be allowed to go around quided by Katie on her own – but what a difference from two years ago when hardly anyone visited Italian gardens – we have Katie and Monty Don to thank for this resurgence of interest !

Katie Campbell explains all at La Foce

Katie Campbell explains all at La Foce

Caroline at La Foce

Caroline at La Foce

MR and Noo

MR and Noo

On Friday – changing from the original programme we are planning a trip to Sansepolcro, birthplace of Piero Delle Francesca – shown below in a believed self portrait as a slumbering soldier in his painting of the resurrection of Christ (1450)

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