"Il Rigo "is the ideal place for those seeking peace and beauty. It is the starting point for numerous itineraries either on foot, by bicycle or by car. Within a few kilometres there's a concentration of small historic towns (Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchiello, Rocca d'Orcia…) which make the Valdorcia an important centre for art and culture.
The Valdorcia was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 thanks to the beauty of its landscape and its sustainable development.
We farm our land organically growing wheat, clover and alfalfa. The fields are interrupted by small woods, broom bushes and the typical clay 'calanchi'.
Close to our home in the village of San Quirico d'Orcia we have an olive grove. The extra virgin olive oil is cold pressed in the local old stone olive mill.
Casabianca is a stone building whose original structure and layout have been carefully preserved, despite the ravages of time, and indeed war. On one of the walls there is a coat of arms dated 1572 showing that the building once belonged to the Hospital of S. Maria della Scala.io in pietra e conserva la pianta originale del XVI sec. Su uno dei muri, uno stemma datato 1572 testimonia l'appartenenza di questa costruzione alle proprietà dell'Ospedale di S. Maria della Scala. All the rooms overlook the surrounding countryside and there's a fine courtyard with a wood-fired oven. From here you can get to the dining room where dinner is served every evening, and to a welcoming "cantina" for wine tasting and snacks.
Poggio Bacoca is a red brick building built during the 1930s for the farmers' families who were working on the estate. It's in a panoramic position at the top of a hill facing Casabianca, which is located a short walking distance away. The house has some delightful bedrooms all with private bathroom and 2 sitting rooms. The name comes from the apricot trees that in the past were planted around the house.
Finally the farmhouse Ginestreto, which is situated between broom bushes and an oak wood, has not yet been restored but Vittorio dreams of doing this in the near future.