CASTIGLIONE D’ORCIA RINGROAD
This itinerary starts in the very centre of the town, in Piazza Vecchietta; we take Via del Cassero and arrive at Porta di Sopra. Having left the city walls, we turn left onto the asphalted road and after a further hundred metres right onto Via della Bonaria. We continue straight on and the road becomes a track; a little further on at the second turning we take a right. The route unwinds downwards for about two and a half kilometres giving us a broad view from the Amiata, to the Maremma all the way to Val d’Orcia. Having passed the Finocchieti farmhouse, we turn right off the main cart way and continuing towards the Scarceta farmhouse. We continue straight on again for eight hundred metres towards Montelaccio. Before going up to the farmhouse, we turn left onto the path that starts descending into the woodland. We keep to the right, on the path that runs parallel to the Orcia River but a few dozen metres higher in the Mediterranean scrubland. The path winds up and down and we cross two streams that are often dry: the Rigo and the Grotte Bianche. Hidden in the woods we can see the castle of Ripa d’Orcia watching over our journey. Here we have to look carefully for a turning to the left, marked by a little stone man, which leaves the main track and leads to the Le Molina farmhouse. From here, the road winds up steeply for about two and a half kilometres and as we climb, the imposing silhouette of the Tentennano Fort starts gradually coming into view. Having passed the Colombaiolo farmhouse, we reach the asphalted road and we turn right towards the village of Rocca d’Orcia. Before the final stretch, we take a well-earned break in the Piazza della Cisterna and then … off to the very top of the Fort where the breath-taking view reminds us of the great strategic value of the Val d’Orcia sentinel. As this itinerary is circular, it can be undertaken in either direction.