This month, our "On the map" location article takes us to Val d'Orcia, Tuscany. Although this area is known mainly for a couple of well-known photographic places, the valley d’Orcia offers much more. Welcome to Tuscany, kingdom of easygoing life and telephoto lenses.
Tuscany is known mainly for its wine, pasta, romantic towns and many renaissance sights, but the countryside of this area also offers any number of opportunities for landscape photographers. I am sure that all of us have seen at least one photograph of a typical local farmhouse, situated in the middle of a valley, which is framed by shapes of gently rolling hills. Welcome to Tuscany, kingdom of easygoing life and telephoto lenses.
With more than 23 000 sq km, Tuscany is one of the largest regions in Italy with almost an unlimited number of photographic spots. The Val d´Orcia, which I should like to introduce, is situated in the most southern part of the province of Siena. Three historical towns border the most interesting area where I spent most of the time: San Quirico d´Orcia, Pienza and Monticchiello.
All three towns are...
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