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Val D\'Orcia

The Val d’Orcia Park “Welcome to the park” read the signs for visitors, frequenly located in front of exceptional views, marking the boundaries of the valley. Just as are the wine, the landscape and the air itself here, this park is special. Created through the combined efforts of cultural figures from outside the area and local inhabitants and administrators (who often met at the Taverna di Bronzone before the plays at Teatro Povero di Monticchiello), this park has slowly but surely evolved into a hard reality. Conceived by the local institutions with help from an illustrious team of experts including Vieri Quilici, Alberto Asor Rosa, Paolo Leon, Paolo Urbani e Giorgio Pizziolo, the Val d’Orcia Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park comprises the municipalities of Castiglione d’Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San Quirico d’Orcia. It aims to protect the local landscape but also to promote the local economy and quality of life.. The park is recognised by the region of Tuscany as a protected natural area of local interest. It seeks to promote and facilitate all economic undertakings that are compatible with the defense of the local environment. Furthermore, in recent years it has become increasingly involved in the protectiion and promotion of traditional local agricultural products. The park and its goals are the result of a precise philosophy. In Val d’Orcia the landscape is not entirely a work of nature. Rather, it has been modelled over the centuries (and continues to be so today) through human intervention. Therefore the aim of the park, however utopistic it may be considered, is to use history and traditional culture as primary sources of economic growth so that the area may be protected without transforming it into a museum. Enea Silvio Piccolomini, the Pope so devoted to harmony, would have offered his support. 12 VALDORCIA_INT_ING 30-07-2009 18:48 Pagina 12

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