Art and Nature

Pienza - Monticchiello on foot

trekking with environmental guide

7 km long

200 m of altitude difference

medium difficulty

The trekking routes have a variable price based on the number of people and any additional services requested.
This itinerary is one way, you can book a circular tour with us, or a return trip with our minivan.


Art historian and environmental guide. Her studies, focused above all on the medieval period, found inspiration precisely in the Val d’Orcia area, a place where the hills worked by man, the rows of cypresses, the medieval bell towers closely recall the splendid visions of Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Simone Martini and Duccio di Boninsegna, the three “greats” of Tuscan pictorial art.

Our route starts from a visit to Pienza, a Renaissance town and birthplace of Pope Pius II. Pienza “born from a thought of love and a dream of beauty” as the poet Giovanni Pascoli said. You will start right from Piazza Pio II where the main historical buildings stand, the magnificent Duomo, Palazzo Piccolomini, Palazzo Borgia. You will admire the breathtaking view towards the Val d’Orcia from Via del Casello and from there we will descend to take the path that will take us directly to Monticchiello. The route winds along a country road that passes through splendid farmhouses, corn and wheat fields. The landscape here is particularly wild and is characterized by areas where the famous clay can still be admired, with which the Val d’Orcia was originally almost completely covered. We will finally arrive in the medieval village of Monticchiello where you will visit the historic center, you will follow the walk around the ancient castle walls until reach the keep. You will go down to the church of SS. Leonardo and Cristoforo, a splendid example of an early medieval church, enriched by fourteenth-century frescoes from the Sienese school. You will visit the TePoTraTos Museum (Museum of Tuscan Popular Traditions) and learn about the history of the Teatro Povero di Monticchiello to which the village has been linked for more than fifty years.

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