The Parco Vivo Community Cooperative was born from the desire to enhance the naturalistic, historical and cultural aspects of the mountain village Vivo d’Orcia, starting from a deep knowledge of the area. From visiting the Sources of the River Vivo and all the environments that have developed around this circuit, we want to bring the population closer to the knowledge of this historical culture, aiming to reach a wider public with the construction of educational tourism services
Vivo d’Orcia was born on Monte Amiata and represents the highest village in the whole Amiata area, it is a typically mountain town that offers specific peculiarities in the landscape and raw materials. At its highest point, near the sources of the Ermicciolo, flows the river Vivo, one of the main tributaries of the Orcia river which gives its name to the valley below Unesco Heritage, only a few kilometers away. The Ermicciolo springs are also an important water source for the aqueducts of the Val di Chiana and Siena. A place of great charm, Vivo d’Orcia has religious buildings dating back to the 11th century. Upstream of the village there is a small hermitage named after San Benedetto. It belongs to the Monastero del Vivo, founded by San Romualdo in the 11th century and once inhabited by the Camaldolese monks, which is located further downstream. The two buildings are connected to each other by a path built along the river where it is possible to see traces of old industrial installations, such as paper mills and water mills, dating back to past centuries and now abandoned.
The study of these peculiarities and the possibility of recreating historical settings with a great cultural content (such as the remaking of a lumberjacks hut, which served as a modest home during long periods of work away from home), visits to springs and historic buildings, walks in the woods up to places for visits and exhibitions, the possibility of identifying, collecting, tasting some of these products, up to the implementation of sensory and manual activities, is part of an ancient and primary knowledge that we want to pass on and which in our opinion is the basis for harmonious development with nature.