A farmhouse surrounded by vines and ploughed fields in the autumn, Montepulciano
A farmhouse surrounded by vines and ploughed fields in the autumn, Montepulciano, Val d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy
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Vitaleta chapel in foggy mist at sunrise, Val D'Orcia Siena
Amongst the colourful southern Tuscany countryside beside the village of Vitaleta, lies a charming little house of praise called the Chapel of the Madonna di Vitaleta. One of the most photographed churches in Tuscany, this mystical building used to be the home of a Renaissance statue of the Madonna sculpted by the artist, Andrea della Robbia in 1590. Built in the middle of a hill, this spectacular tourist attraction was restored in 1184 by the architect Giuseppe Partini and was recently classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Dotted across this magnificent countryside are many peaceful holiday villas and luxury accommodation to stay in and soak in the undisturbed natural beauty of the area.
© Tommaso Renzi
Lonely Cypress on the top of a hill , Val d'Orcia Tuscany
The Val daOrcia is a region of Tuscany, central Italy, which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. Its gentle, cultivated hills are occasionally broken by gullies and by picturesque towns and villages such as Pienza, San Quirico d'Orcia and Montalcino.
Its landscape has been depicted in works of art from Renaissance painting to modern photography.
In 2004 the Val daOrcia was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites because it's an exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing pictures.
© Tommaso Renzi