San Quirico d’Orcia located in the amazing Val d’Orcia, Tuscany about 35 km from Siena and 80 km from Florence. The town named in honor of Saint Quiricus.
In the Middle Ages San Quirico d’Orcia located on Via Francigena. The Via Francigena is one of the main pilgrim routes of the Middle Ages and connected Northern Europe to Rome in medieval times.
Things to do in San Quirico d’Orcia
This is a tiny town that you can see in half a day. But you can stay here longer. San Quirco d Orcha is a good base for exploring this region of Tuscany. This is a central place to visit Pienza, Montepulciano and Val d’Orcia.
When I plan to explore this region of Val d Orcha, I chose a comfortable villa.
Itinerary along San Quirico d’Orcia
The best thing is to leave your car in a free parking lot and upstairs to the gate.
Having passed through the whole city along the main street Via Dante Aligheri you will see all the main attractions of the city.
Then you exit the town and walk along the city walls to the same staircase.
Entering the city, you will very soon find yourself in Piazza della Libertà. There is a Church of San Francesco.
Take a left to Santa Maria Assunta. There are a lot of shops and restaurants on the main road. Maybe it’s time for lunch?
Coming back along the street you will find yourself in Piazza della Libertà.
There is a narrow entrance that leads to Horti Leonini. Horti Leonini is an old garden. This garden is an example of the Renaissance. In the center of the garden, there is a statue of Cosimo III de Medici. The garden was owned by a certain Diomede Leoni but today is a public garden.
Follow along Via Dante Aligheri in the North-Western area of the city.
Collegiata dei Santi Quirico e Giulitta or The Collegiate Church.
The church has begun in the 8th century as a modest church for locals. The Collegiate Church was rebuilt in the 12th century according to the plan of the Latin Cross. A choir was added in 1663. Most of the interior decoration that can be seen today dates back to the 17th century. The bell tower was restored between 1796 and 1806.
There are no outstanding landmarks. I just like to walk around such small, old towns. San Quirico d’Orcia is one of them.
Where to stay
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The best Restaurants in SAN QUIRICO D’ORCIA
How did we rate these restaurants?
- Local food
- Located in the town
- Best by TripAdvisor
- Online booking (optional)
- Michelin rating
- Fonte Alla Vena. Details: 29 – 77 EUR. Tuscan. Bib Gourmand – Inspectors’ favorites for good value. Online reservations.
Trattoria Toscana al Vecchio Forno. Details: 25 – 55 EUR. Tuscan. The Plate – Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal.
Taverna da Ciacco. Details: 44 – 76 EUR. Tuscan. The Plate – Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal.