Val d’Orcia is a vast undulating valley south of Siena located between the beautiful hilltop towns of Pienza to the east and Montalcino to the west.
Pienza is famous for its Pecorino cheese and Montalcino for its exquisite wines. A seabed millions of years ago, the valley has been an important agricultural area since the Etruscan era before the Roman Empire. The lime content of the soil is a key component for growing the variety of Sangiovese grapes used for the famous Brunello di Montalcini wines.
The ride starts in Pienza, descends into the bowl, passes by San Quirico d’Orcia, and then climbs out of the valley to end in the hilltop town of Montalcino.