The Artistic, Natural and Cultural park of the Val d’Orcia covers an extremely diverse area of about 18,000 hectares. To the East are the towns of Trequanda, Pienza and Montichiello, immersed amongst vividly coloured mosaics of fields alternated by patches of woodland sloping towards the famous hills of the area. To the South-West the view is dominated by Mount Amiata, an incredible volcano with its “Castiglioni” (fortresses) guarding the valley (Castiglion d’Orcia) which remind us how much this territory has been shaped by the hands of a poor and peasant tradition. Westwards you meet the lines of the vineyards which multiply progressively in the direction of Montalcino, interrupted only by impressive isolated trees. But the true protagonists of this land are the ravines, Crete and clay cliffs (biancane). They unfold along the river Orcia, characterizing an entire area and confirming its place in the European network for environmental protection Natura 2000. The area also has several thermal springs immersed in the colourful Mediterranean vegetation which can be easily reached on foot thanks to visible steam banks due to the activity of the nearby volcano.