I’ve been reading some conflicting reports that the Val d Orcia region is not so pretty in September? The oft repeated phrase was that it seemed like endless ‘clods of dirt’. Whilst I realize that Spring it perhaps the best time to visit this region, currently I only have the option of visiting in September or October. I had my heart set on Montepulciano as a base town. My question is this... I know that the Chianti region sees some autumn & harvest colours in Sept / Oct. Would this be a better option, given my constricted time frame. What is Val d Orcia really like in September? ‘Clods of dirt’ doesn’t sound too appealing... any advice?