When visiting the Val d’Orcia you cannot miss Monticchiello, a small medieval village off the beaten track that has still managed to preserve its authentic beauty. Immersed in the Sienese countryside, in this village you will find a more medieval and austere architectural style compared to the Renaissance scenario of the city of Pienza.
In fact, characteristic features of Monticchiello are the sturdy walls and the keep tower that stands out on the hill. Surely the best way to visit the small village is to aimlessly explore the narrow streets of the town, discovering picturesque and enchanting views at every turn, perfect for photography enthusiasts and romantics. Speaking of photography, here you will find one of the most photographed locations in the Val d’Orcia, now an iconic symbol of Tuscany: the famous curves of Monticchiello! Among the rolling hills, winding roads wind their way surrounded by cypresses, offering unforgettable views.
In Monticchiello you will enjoy the superb panoramic view over the entire Val d’Orcia: stop in one of the superb restaurants in the village and then set off again to visit the keep and the city walls, where you can still see some intact towers. Finally, the only door in the town with a beautiful arch will lead you to the Church of Saints Leonardo and Cristoforo.
Undoubtedly the most notable monument in Monticchiello, the Church has a T-shaped plan and is dedicated to San Leonardo di Limoges. The Church is also enriched by a great pictorial masterpiece placed in the right chapel of the transept: the Madonna and Child by Pietro Lorenzetti.