The Val d’Orcia and its jewels: the chapel Madonna di Vitaleta
The Val d’orcia is one of the most suggestive and unique vally of Tuscany. Professional photographers from al lover the world came here every day of the year to catch the perfect photo.
When you are here you imagine to see the rolling hills, faboulous sunset , but you can not imagine to find little jewel as the Chapel of Madonna di Vitaleta built in the middle of a hill. One of the most photographed churches in Tuscany, this mystical building used to be the home of a Renaissance statue of the Madonna sculpted by the artist, Andrea della Robbia in 1590, this spectacular tourist attraction was restored in 1184 by the architect Giuseppe Partini and was recently classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The statue of the Madonna was moved to a church in the nearby city of San Quirico also known as the’ Church of the Madonna’ where it can be more easily seen by the many tourists that flock here to photograph its beauty. Every year a festival is held in honour of the statue of Madonna in this town; sweet music can be heard floating from the church during the celebrations and is a worthy experience for any tourist to witness on their exploration of this inspiring area in southern Tuscany.
A beautiful way to explore the Chapel of the Madonna di Vitaleta and the statue’s new home in San Quirico is by enjoying a day long cycling tour throughout the fortified city walls and out into the colourful countryside.