Welcome in Val d'Orcia!

at the Agriturismo Podere Santa Maria

The Family









Our Story

Our Farm has been built in the '30s with bricks and stones gathered from the area around us. It's located between Pienza and Monticchiello, just in the middle of the Orcia Valley Artistic Natural and Cultural Park, which is an UNESCO heritage since 2004. The Farm has been bought by the Mangiavacchi family in the 1965 and, day after day, we have renovated it and we have improved the quality of the food we produce by introducing new crops: cereals, olive oil, saffron, jams, spelled, chickpeas, barley, saffron beer and flour made from ancients seeds. Every aspect of our job, from cropping to hosting, is managed directly and only by The Family because we want to spread and share the traditions of our Family.



Spelled and chickpeas

Il farro e i ceci

Both spelled and chickpeas are products that we grow in our land. We have chosen them because they are very important in our daily diet and because they enrich the soil enough to let us cultivate different types of crops.

Olive oil


Our extra-virgin olive oil is obtained from small and innovative olive harvest machineries; than olives are taken to the mill within 48 hours. The variety of olive trees is very wide: leccini, orioli, frantoiani and some olivastre. The milling takes place in a continuous cycle mill at a temperature not exceeding 27ºC.
0.25/1/3/5 litre cans are available at our shop.


Le confetture

The jams are made from the fruits we collect from our farm. After a careful choice, we cook the fruits in the oven until they reach the required consistency; the fruits cooking temperature is between 120ºC and 130ºC and we add sugar only for a maximum of 10%. Packaging is 100g or 200g jars and flavours include: apricots - quince - figs - pears and saffron - plums - watermelon - pumpkin and orange - onions.


Lo zafferano

Saffron is a spice which fame has grown in recent years, especially in receipts. It is harvested in October and dried and stored in stigmas. Its processing takes a long time, as both the cultivation and the harvest is done exclusively by hand: even spelling takes many hours. Its aroma is very intense; stigmas can be used in recepits or you can grind them to obtain various types of food dishes, from appetizers to desserts. Packaging is 0.10g. or 0.25g.

Saffron beer

La birra allo zafferano

Saffron beer is the latest product we have introduced in chronological order. Its taste is very particular, both for the characteristic taste of craft beers and for the intense taste that saffron releases. Try this beer with a typical Tuscan cutting board to get the maximum taste experience.


La pasta

The various pasta shapes we make are obtained by grinding our wheat in a stone mill and transform it by an authorized pasta factory. The very intense taste and the slightly dark color due to the type of grinding makes this pasta very tasty and flavoured.

Val d'Orcia

The natural evolution of the valley, together with the cultural identity of the community that has lived there for centuries: the Val d’Orcia Park is a World Heritage site. What makes the Val d’Orcia so unique is the common vision of the realities present – the councils of Castiglione d’Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San Quirico d’Orcia. If you would like to learn more about this theme, the site of the Val d'Orcia Park will show you the beauty of the valley: www.parcodellavaldorcia.com

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Double room for 2 people
Private Bathroom and Breakfast Included

starting from 85 €

La Vigna

Double room for 2 people
Private Bathroom and Breakfast Included

starting from 85 €

La Loggia

1st floor apartment for 2 or more people
Double Room, Kitchen, Living Room with Sofa Bed
Private Bathroom and Breakfast Included

starting from 100 €

Il Leccio

Room with Private Bathroom
Breakfast included

starting from 60 €
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Included in the reservation

Private parking
Own local product tasting
Fireplace (La Loggia apartment)
Swimming pool (beach towel provided)
Large garden
Small size pets allowed
Courtesy set
Weekly change of sheets
Air conditioning (Il Leccio and La Loggia)


Dinner with local food from our farm may be reserved (30€ per person)
the dinner will be served and shared with our family
Local products available on sale
we speak Italian and English
we accept Cash, Debit cards and Credit cards

Activities in the area

Naturalistic sightings
Sports activities
Renaissance cities sightseeing
Wine tasting
Hot springs

a unique experience

in the wonderful Orcia Valley