World Heritage #1026 – Val d'Orcia | Sandalsand
A valley designed hundreds of years ago to look good, and it still does. The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world's cultural and natural heritage. Country: Italy Date of Inscription: 1987 Category: Cultural site UNESCO's World Heritage Centre's short description of site no. 1026: "The landscape of Val d'Orcia is part of the agricultural hinterland of Siena, redrawn and developed when it was integrated in the territory of the city-state in the 14th and 15th centuries to reflect an idealized model of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture. The landscape's distinctive aesthetics, flat chalk plains out of which rise almost conical hills with fortified settlements on top, inspired many artists. Their images have come to exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes. The inscription covers: an agrarian and pastoral landscape reflecting