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Villages of the Orcia-Chiana Ridge

Close to the house and a favourite zone to explore is an area we refer to as the ‘Orcia – Chiana Ridge’.

Villages in this area, beginning minutes away at Sinalunga include Montisi, Castelmuzio, Petroio, Trequanda, Scrofiano.

Forming the backdrop to the Val di Chiana, dominating the horizon from the central part of the valley this ridge of hills is dotted with truly hill top towns that are apparently part of the rock they sit upon.  Lovely to explore ‘at the drop of a hat’ no need to plan.  Beautiful olive groves and long views between the hills into the Orcia and Chiana valleys, this is a zone that still feels ‘cognoscenti’ and undiscovered.

If you’re feeling that you really should get out and explore after a lazy day relaxing at the house, hop into the car.  Choose a village to stop at and stroll, find pretty streets to wander stop for Gelato or Caffe – or just explore.

The roads are lovely to drive, offering picture perfect views and several fairly safe spots to park up and do a little photography along the way.