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In the Tuscan Hills

Montepulciano and Pienza

sunny 33 °C

Naturally the first thing the next morning is going for a ride in the team outfit. I get 90 minutes out there for around 40 kms. A bit windy, so a bit tough on my own. To keep to the ritual, a swim on my return too.
bona fide Gallo Nero

bona fide Gallo Nero

Into the car for a drive around some hill towns to the south. First we head to Chianciano Therme where we have a look about the treatment centre where people come to take the waters. And obviously it is still big business – it is set up to take thousands with treatment rooms, a spa, reception rooms and a ballroom, all set in massive gardens. And then we find we have just touched on the town as we drive past masses of hotels towards the other two thermes in town. We head on up to Montepulciano and hike up the hill from the car park.
The drive around this area is great, and is just the sort of thing you see on postcards of Tuscany. Montepulciano is a very pretty little town with lots of small lanes waiting to be explored and some great views around the area. We stop off up the top at a bistro to have some pasta and a glass of wine. Then a nice walk around the rest of town before we head off.
Up the hill

Up the hill

My kind of place

My kind of place


Next stop is Pienza, where we have a quick walk around, only because it is small and we are getting tired. This is a very picturesque little town with a great main street. There are some great buildings along a beautiful main street. The views over the surrounding valleys behind the church are just great, real postcard stuff. We head back home to have a swim then get packed up ready to leave tomorrow.
In the main square

In the main square

Side street

Side street

somewhere to put your hat?

somewhere to put your hat?

Posted by lostagain 03:16 Archived in Italy

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