From a Standard of Beauty Unlike No Other

04 may 2015

If you are lucky enough to have been born in a place like the Val d’Orcia, with its iconographic beauty, you are aware of having been given a precious gift, but also a problem: that of bringing with you, wherever you go, an idea of unattainable beauty. It is comparable to having experienced such a passionate and perfect love story that any other would pale in comparison.

I have travelled a lot - although not as much as I would have liked to - and I have seen magnificent places, and, having grown up with this countryside right in front of my eyes, it inevitably makes me see incongruity in any other place. And it is not about the natural connection each one of us has to their own land, but a rather spoiled sense of the aesthetic, unbearably high standards of a concept of perfection that it is unlikely to be found in other places.

This is stunning beauty. Beauty that those who are born here always come back to, knowingly and not. It is no coincidence that the Val d’Orcia landscapes, among the most photographed in the world, have become a true iconic symbol of Tuscany. It is no coincidence that this territory became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. 

If we then add to this natural beauty Medieval and Renaissance villages that radiate art and history in every corner, a slow and extremely pleasant pace of life, internationally famous wines, high level cuisine based on basic but top quality ingredients, it is only normal that thousands of people come here every year, and that millions worldwide dream of coming here. Since the Val d’Orcia represents, along with the Chianti region, the typical Tuscan dream, that paradise of hills and cypress trees that, for many, remains but a dream, for others, a scarce minority, it truly becomes a pleasant retreat.

For those who arrive from the outside, the Val d’Orcia is a mirage. At times, a project. For those who are born here, it is often a conviction, because tearing yourself away from it really does hurt.