Cappella della Madonna della Vitaleta

UNESCO World Heritage Site and protagonist of the most famous landscapes of Tuscany and Italy, the Chapel of the Madonna di Vitaleta is a small jewel framed between two rows of cypresses. One of the most important attractions to see in San Quirico d’Orcia, and absolutely one of the most iconic places in the Val d’Orcia and in all of Tuscany. The Vitaleta chapel is an authentic symbol of the Val d’Orcia and of the Tuscan imaginary: a white church with cypresses around it that rises on a hill surrounded by wheat, an authentic pearl of beauty.

Always a destination for photographers and incurable romantics, this small church is located on a dirt road that leads from San Quirico d’Orcia to Pienza in the direction of Montepulciano. Along the SP146 road, we always remember from San Quirico to Pienza towards Montepulciano) you will find on the right a small sign that will take you onto a dirt road. After about 2km you will have to park the car and finish the last 500m on foot.

Cappella della Madonna della Vitaleta

The date of origin of the chapel is uncertain, although it was certainly already built at the end of 1500. This church was known because a famous sculpture (the Madonna di Vitaleta) was hidden inside and is now kept in the Cathedral of San Quirico d’Orcia.

Tip: go and admire it early in the morning, at sunrise or late in the evening at sunset. The light in this point of the Val d’Orcia is very special and offers unforgettable shows, and you can take the opportunity to treat yourself to a nice itinerary on foot or by bike to discover the beauties of these lands slowly.


Parcheggio, Giardino, terrazza panoramica


Cappella della Madonna della Vitaleta
53027 San Quirico d’Orcia, SI (strada provinciale 146 e poi strada sterrata)

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