Decision : 28 COM 14B.51
Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (Val d'Orcia)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Inscribes Val d'Orcia, Italy, on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of cultural criteria (iv) and (vi):

Criterion (iv): The Val d’Orcia is an exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture.

Criterion (vi): The landscape of the Val d’Orcia was celebrated by painters from the Siennese School, which flourished during the Renaissance. Images of the Val d’Orcia, and particularly depictions of landscapes where people are depicted as living in harmony with nature, have come to be seen as icons of the Renaissance and have profoundly influenced the development of landscape

2. Requests the State Party to undertake as soon as possible a landscape survey identifying qualities and features of the planned ‘colonial’ landscape and their
association with traditional practices;

3. Further requests the State Party to undertake as soon as possible a survey of vernacular buildings;

4. Encourages the State Party to compile an accessible history of the colonisation process drawing on contemporary documentation to explain the political, social, economic and visionary thinking behind the project, the involvement of artists and architects, and the way the area was subsequently managed, in order that the
full significances of the area can be understood and sustained;

5. Further encourages the State Party to put in place an assessment of the condition of natural elements that affect the landscape of the park, such as soil, vegetation
and water management, in order to inform sustainable management practices.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Italy
Properties: Val d'Orcia
Year: 2004
Decision Code: 28 COM 14B.51