San Quirico d' Orcia - On the
northern edge of Val d'Orcia, San Quirico d'Orcia has grown
up on the site of the medieval village of Osenna.
In 1256 it became part of Siena's territory,
and today it still appears to us with its original medieval
Located in a strategic position along the Via Cassia (and
the old Via Francigena), San Quirico d'Orcia was often the
residence of imperial bailiffs.
In its town centre, encircled by fortified
walls, a stop should be made at the Collegiata dei Santi Quirico
e Giulitta with its magnificent Romanesque-Gothic doorways
as well as at the Misericordia and Santa Maria di Vitaleta
churches, at the Palazzo Pretorio (town hall) and at Palazzo
The Horti Leonini gardens are a splendid
example of giardini all'italiana: they were designed in about
1540 by Diomede Leoni and periodically host temporary exhibits
of contemporary sculpture.
A final stop should be made to admire
the Santa Maria Assunta church, the Giardino delle Rose (rose
garden) and the centuries-old Scala hospital.
How to reach San Quirico d' Orcia: From Siena, near
the train station, take direction Buonconvento > Monteroni
d' Arbia. After Buonconvento follow direction Rome and find
San Quirico exit on your right.
Where is San Quirico d' Orcia: is located in the south
of Siena province. See the
Nearby: Visit Val d'Orcia, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni,
Monticchiello and Montepulciano.
Distances: Siena 40 Km - Florence 105 Km - Pisa 150
Km - Arezzo 70 Km
Correct name is San Quirico d' Orcia
Common mistakes are San Quilico, Quicico, Quirrico,
Quinico, Ocia, Orgia, Orzia