Riserva Naturale Lucciola Bella

Riserva Naturale Lucciola Bella, Pienza: Address, Riserva Naturale Lucciola Bella Reviews: 4.5/5

Riserva Naturale Lucciola Bella

Riserva Naturale Lucciola Bella
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Sara H
Melbourne, Australia680 contributions
UNESCO site
Sep 2019 • Family
Can you say you’ve been to Tuscany if you haven’t driven through the country side? Pienza, and the Val D’Orcia, are UNESCO World Heritage sites and the views here are stunning. It’s around 70km from Siena so be prepared for a long drive if you’re coming from Florence.
Written 6 November 2019
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Ken G
Oakland, CA74 contributions
Not what we expected, and not worth the trip
Sep 2019
We visited Pienza today and went on to find this "natural reserve". I'm not sure why so many reviewers were so happy with this place, but we were very disappointed. Once you get off the main road, the dirt road is very rocky and rough. We had a small SUV but any car with low clearance would have real problems. About 500 meters from the final destination the road got so rough we had to park and walk. Another couple drove up and did the same thing. The terrain is mostly scrub but has farmland on both sides, very near the "reserve", so it doesn't feel very natural. We're from California, so we have some magnificent natural features nearby and we may have high expectations, but this was a big disappointment. The other couple, who were from Hungary, said they were expecting more, and at least thought there would be some trees. I'm not sure where some of the pictures are from, but they don't look like what we saw. Don't bother to go.
Written 24 September 2019
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John M
Santa Cruz, CA4,355 contributions
Unspoilt natural beauty has UNESCO status to help preserve the area.
Sep 2018 • Couples
Most people drive on the paved roads and admire the unspoilt natural beauty that now has UNESCO status to help preserve the area. There are fears that landowners would convert the land to housing or commercial use if the crops do not pay enough, and I hope that this never happens.
Written 16 December 2018
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glenn d
Leeds, UK201 contributions
Words can describe how beautiful this is
Aug 2018 • Couples
Beauty around every cypress lines road corner. Don’t miss this area and make sure you google where it is or a route to take as there are certain roads that are nice and others which are stunning. Don’t miss this for anything. Make sure you go to Pienza and go to the Via Santa Caterina for a view that rivals that of Santorinis. Don’t miss a visit to La Foce gardens, open only on certain days of the week.
Written 5 September 2018
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sname10
Montreal, Canada32 contributions
Breathtaking view... if you manage to get there
Jun 2017 • Friends
The scenery is quite nice, and it is worth the trip but... unpaved road would be a gross overstatement, you will definitely need a 4x4 jeep not an SUV, very narrow, steep, slippery can get you in trouble before you realize.
Written 6 June 2017
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,190 contributions
The best way to enjoy this reserve: the trail ring La Foce-Palazzone-Castelluccio-La Foce
Feb 2017 • Couples
The reserve is mostly known for the famous road which, bordered by cypresses, rises zig zag up the hill.
But not many know that this road is a modern creation, by the architect Cecil Pinsent, who over the years 1920-1930 created it as a scenic backdrop for the Marquis Antonio and Iris Origo, while working to the beautiful garden at their nearby villa "La Foce".
And even fewer people know that the road along the cypresses, which enters the reserve, can be part of a nice ring trail that starts from "La Foce" and returns to it, along about 13 Kms.
This trail takes place mostly in what was once the large real estate property of the "Santa Maria della Scala" Hospital in Siena. The estate was then sold to other private owners in the late eighteenth century.
The map of the trail, and a brief description of it (in Italian, but translatable) is available at travelingintuscany.com (search for "anellolafoce"). We walked the trail in a sunny day in February. For a large part of the route it allows sweeping views over the river Orcia Valley and Mount Amiata, and runs through the typical domed clay formations, called in Tuscany "biancane".
Definitely bring your own packed lunch, because there are no eateries along the way.
The trail is not signposted at all; but it can be easily followed, with the help of the map, because it takes place on rather large country roads (and also a stretch on paved roads, with little traffic anyway) The only part where orientation is a bit tricky is that at the "Lucciolabella" farm (which gives its name to the reserve): there, just before the farm, you have to take a path on your right, which goes north, crosses the picturesque "biancane" and eventually leads to the "Palazzone" farm.
From Palazzone (possibly ask permission to the owner) you can choose to shorten the trail following the main route, which leads to the paved road near the "Pianoia" farm.
On the way back to "La Foce", the trail comes across the "Castelluccio" fortress, once the corporate hub of the whole "Santa Maria della Scala" nearby estate.
A path of this kind, through nature and history, is pleasant and feasible in all seasons, if the weather is favorable (but not during the hottest summer days!) And it will be a pleasure both for your body and your soul.
Written 14 February 2017
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GlobetTrotterTerrone
Rome, Italy72 contributions
Iconic landscape
May 2016
One of the most iconic places of all the Tuscany. Go there, stop the car and keep walking along the hills.
Written 15 November 2016
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ora_11
Hadera, Israel40 contributions
the picture of toscana
Oct 2016 • Family
one picture say more than 100 word, it's so nice to drive around pianze, monticchielo, monpulicino throw all the littel road with panoramic view/
Written 3 November 2016
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jg3arrow
Nice, France1,395 contributions
Tuscany's Heart
May 2016 • Friends
If you want to show someone the heart of Tuscany, a drive or walk through here would be the way to go. It doesn't get anymore Tuscan than this. Everywhere you look, every turn in the road gives you a quintessential view of Tuscany. Accept no substitutes!
Written 15 May 2016
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ETelford
Ayr, UK559 contributions
If you love landscape - don't miss this area.
Aug 2015 • Couples
I have now visited this are for the 3rd time and it is a photographer's dream. Everywhere you look there is a fantastic landscape waiting to be photographed. The time taken driving around this area will always be well rewarded.
Written 19 August 2015
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