We start from San Quirico d'Orcia, an intermediate step between Ponte D'Arbia and Radicofani. Here, in addition to local products (don't miss the extra virgin olive oil), there are some of the most iconic sceneries of Tuscany. Once you have visited the village with its Collegiata dei Santi Quirico e Giuditta and the Horti Leonini, a stop is due to the Cypresses of S. Quirico, probably the most famous cypresses in the world, which from the top of their hill dominate a stretch of the ancient via Cassia, a connection between earth and sky, which has become the landscape symbol of the Tuscany region. You will have to reserve another of your shots at the Chapel of the Madonna di Vitaleta: this small late-Renaissance church surrounded by rows of cypresses is another icon of the area which can be reached by walking a short distance along the road that leads from S. Quirico to Pienza. Also here, you will also find Podere Belvedere, beautiful to photograph with the lights of dawn, when you can enjoy the surrounding landscape in complete tranquility as the sun rises and illuminates the valley.
Let's move on to Pienza, the ideal city of the Renaissance designed at the behest of Papa Pio II. Its alleys are a hymn to love where you can get lost among symbolic buildings and elegant artisan shops and, from the terraces that leave the magnificent Duomo behind you, your gaze is lost in the Val D'Orcia Park up to Monte Amiata. Nearby, don't miss a visit to the Pieve di Corsignano where, inside, sober and fascinating, you can find the baptismal font where Popes Pius II and Pius III were baptised. Before entering, however, look at the bas-reliefs outside, at the entrance you will find the two-tailed siren and then, on the right side, the nativity. Finally, from here, continue on foot towards the "Campi Elisi". You will feel like you are in a movie and it will probably be because the final scene of Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" was shot in these hills. However, a land can also be discovered through flavours: it is precisely in this area of the Val D'Orcia that pecorino di Pienza, the famous cheese, is produced, which should be elected a World Heritage Site.