Protagonist of the most iconic landscapes of Tuscany and Italy, the Madonna di Vitaleta Chapel is a small jewel framed between two rows of cypresses. One of the most important attractions to see in Pienza.

Located less than 20 minutes from the Relais Osteria dell’Orcia, it can also be reached with a nice walk or by bike.

Madonna di Vitaleta Chapel: why to visit it

The chapel is located on a dirt road that leads from San Quirico d’Orcia to Pienza on the way towards Montepulciano. Along the SP146 road you will find a small sign on the right that will take you on a dirt road. After about 2km you only have to park your car and finish the last 500m by foot.

The main facade is covered in Rapolano stone which is characterized by a armonious rosy color.

This Chaptle is most probably of late Renaissance origin. The first historical documents knowned today date back to 1590. Madonna di Vitaleta is included in the territory of the Archdiocese of Siena-Colle di Val d’Elsa-Montalcino.

Hike Madonna di Vitaleta Chapel: by Foot and by Bike

Trekking: Pienza to Madonna di Vitaleta Chaptel – and back

Before organizing your excursion we recommend that you take a look at the Pienza weather freely from our website.

A very suggestive walk through the famous and beautiful natural and artistic park of the Val d’Orcia. A path of country roads guaranteed without cars! To be done by bike as on foot. This beautiful tour will make you pass by the Corsignano parish, another suggestive church. The return will give you a spectacular view of Pienza. Amateur photographers, make sure you have sufficient battery and space in your memory cards. You do not want to miss those shots!

Hiking in Val d’Orcia

There are many activities and places to visit in Val d’Orcia. You can take long walks and bike rides on the winding roads of the worldwide famous hills. For your excursions we recommend that you always take with you: water, shoes and clothing suitable for an adventure in the countryside on dirt roads but also that you make sure to have your camera always at hand! Doing this way you will surprise yourself naturally smiling of satisfaction.

Today a famous tourist attraction, we recommend you to admire it early in the morning at dawn or in the late evening at sunset. From there the light is very particular and offers unforgettable shows.And don’t forget to dedicate the right time to discover the Pienza pecorino, one of the most important typical Tuscan products, here’s where to taste this cheese at its best.

After have seeing it, it would be wise to go to visit Pienza, the ideal city according to Pope Pio II. A wonder at the top of a hill with a view over the whole Val d’Orcia and also on Monte Amiata. Read our guide to find out more.

why visit Madonna di Vitaleta chapel

We wish you a good hike and a pleasant time in Tuscany.