San Quirico d’Orcia
San Quirico d’Orcia is located along Via Francigena, therefore it was a place where travelers could rest, eat and pray before the continuation of the trip. Nowadays the city is also a step for bike lovers (read more about bike trails here).
San Quirico d’Orcia is not big village and after few steps you will find this beautiful church called Ss. Quirico e Giulietta from 714 (1296 years ago!). The church has been through several restoration phases but it looks perfect now. You’ll recognize it when you see a lion outside.
As it was the beginning of Spring, there was some flowers in window-boxes and all around the city. In May you shouldn’t miss the Rose Garden. I couldn’t resist taking pictures and you can check our album here on Flickr.
Via Francigena was an ancient road between Rome and Canterbury passing through England, France, Switzerland and Italy. In medieval times it was an important road and pilgrimage route. To pilgrims headed south it was the Via Romea, to those headed north, the Via Francigena. [@Wikipedia]