Extending from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata, the Val d’Orcia, or valley of the Orcia River, is one of the most picturesque regions of Tuscany.

Its gentle cultivated hills marked by deep gullies and ribbons of cypresses make it the subject of many a photographer pulled off by the side of the road.

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004, its ancient landscape is pictured in Lorenzetti’s 14th C. “Allegory of Good and Bad Government” and in subsequent Renaissance paintings. Not surprisingly, the film industry has found it an evocative backdrop for films such as The Engli...