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San Quirico d'Orcia

San Quirico d'Orcia is a comune in the Province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 80 km southeast of Florence and about 35 km southeast of Siena inside the Valdorcia landscape. It is named in honor of Saint Quiricus.

It is located on the Via Francigena, an ancient road between Rome and Canterbury, passing through England, France, Switzerland and Italy. It was an important medieval road and pilgrimage route connecting north-western Europe with Rome. To pilgrims headed south, it was the Via Romea, to those headed north, the Via Francigena

The most important monuments are:

  • La Collegiata
    The present church was built on the site of the old parish church, which dated from the 8 C. La Collegiata is in the Romanesque style, even though there is a hint of the Gothic.
  • Palazzo Chigi
    Next to the Collegiata and opposite the Palazzo Pretorio (magistrate's palace) rises the huge mass of the Palazzo Chigi. This palace was built in the second half of the 17 C by Cardinal Flavio Chigi, and is now the property of the town council.
  • Chiesa di San Francesco
    The Church of St Francis, which faces the main square, has undergone numerous changes over the centuries. On the high altar there is a very beautiful Madonna attributed to Andrea della Robbia
  • Horti Leonini
    The Horti Leonini, laid out by Diomede Leoni in 1580, is a superb example of the Italian garden.
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La Collegiata
 
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Val d'Orcia