Wonderful small fraction of Castiglion d’Orcia, embedded in an valley out of time, the Val d’Orcia. Below the castle flows the Vivo river, whose sources gush in the town Ermicciolo. Along the river, throughout the centuries mills, paper mills and iron foundries were built, as well as the first water-based power station. Traces of these ancient buildings are still visible, vine-covered, in one of the most beautiful and evocative landscapes of this zone.
In the small town Ermicciolo it’s possible to visit, during the holiday dedicated to the waters, the sources of Vivo river, flowing from the rocks. The walk, from Ermicciolo to the hermitage, is one of the most pleasing ones in Amiata: it is possible to stop and watch the small waterfalls and the dam among the woods, as well as the caves used by partisans during WW2 and the archeological sites where multiple relics mesolithic and etruscan relics were found. The Vivo Valley is one the very few places in the whole world where it’s possible to convince yourself you’re still living in the medioeval period.