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As you leave San Quirico d’Orcia driving toward Pienza, the surrounding countryside is one of rolling hills, solitary lines of cypresses, farm houses and one of the most beautiful and photographed chapels in Tuscany, the Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta. The chapel is one of the main icons of the Val d'Orcia and driving this route in the late afternoon one sees photographers lined up along the mainroad with tripods set up waiting for the right light.

We took a morning walk to the Cappella along a dusty road passing arable fields lined with a profusion of wild flowers. The sun was gently warming the land and the wheat was pushing its way through stony soil.
There are traces of the chapel for the first time in a document dated 1590. The present appearance is the result of restructuring by architect Giuseppe Partini in 1884, inspired by sixteenth century architecture.

The Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta is a UNESCO heritage site.

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