Val d’Orcia, the most picturesque part of Tuscany, is famous for its postcard landscapes, charming towns, winding cypress roads and fine cuisine and wine. Despite the great popularity of the valley, it can be found places not crowded and covered by mass tourism. One of them is the tiny Monticchiello located on a hill. On the small area you will find everything that is best. I would say the thesis, that this is a very good idea, both for a quick getaway from the Val d’Orcia as well as a base for a longer stay in this part of the region. In the post you will find a venue with very cool, proven agritourism and absolutely phenomenal osterie, which is difficult to get without reservation of the table. Come and see!
The golden and red vineyards and hills of Tuscany, Umbria or Marche, the warm water and empty beaches of Puglia, Calabria or Sardinia, few tourists and lower prices on the crowded Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre seasons, rusty red leaves against still green meadows and white peaks of the Dolomites or maybe the huge amount of seasonal fruits, pleasant temperatures and the second spring in Sicily? Italy in September, October, November, early December. What are the pros and cons of travel in these months? What weather and what landscapes can you expect?
What should I buy in Tuscany? What should I bring back home? What should I try during the stay? After a recent, intense discussion on Facebook, I realized that the answers to these questions are not obvious at all, especially for those who first time travel to the land of wine and cypress before departure. Here’s a Tuscan shopping and culinary guidebook. Read, note and pack your suitcases!
On the northern edge of Tuscany, surrounded by green peaks of the Apuan Alps, existed side by side two villages. One day, as it did seventy years ago, after the construction of the dam aimed to supply the area with electricity, located lower Fabbriche di Careggine was covered by the water of artificial lake. Second one Vagli Sotto today may well be called one of the most beautifully situated village in whole Tuscany. However, flooded ghost town doesn’t remain forgotten. When, in1994 for the last time water from artificial lake was drained for maintenance, old walls attracted more than a million people, to tell them its story. Once again, they do it – soon.
Tuscany is a extraordinary land stunning richness of art and landscape. Especially beautiful is in the middle of April, when fresh, juicy green cover hills, vines covers with young leaves, red poppies overlay roadside ditches contrasting with the dark green rows of cypress trees, fragrant roses in full bloom, just bathed in a fleeting rain, climb on the old walls soaking up every ray of spring sunshine. Just pull off from still not crowded main roads, follow on gravel, winding roads to get lost among the hills and to admire the wonderful views discovering little known places. Chianti, San Gimignano, Val d’Orcia, Maremma. Isn’t it tempting way to spend a long weekend in Italy? If you wonder that does Tuscany is a good idea for a picnic, this post is for you.
Val d’Orcia stretches to the south of Siena, at the foot of an extinct volcano Monte Amiata is a land of dream for every enthusiast of photography and one of the most popular region in Europe for outdoor shooting. It comes from here majority of famous views printed on postcards. After more than two and a half years since the publication of post “Tuscany – the most beautiful view points in the Val d’Orcia” I invite you to its continuation. Another famous panoramas and practical tips on where to go and what place you choose to snap by yourself the most popular views of this part of Tuscany.
Picturesque hills, green forests, small stone villages, impressive vineyards to encourage visits and wine tasting, and old olive groves, interspersed with narrow roads and cypresses. Here is the Chianti, the most famous Italian wine region. And there, right in the heart, but at the same timeoff the beaten track, away from the main routes, but at your fingertips, a tiny village with more than 1000 years of history and famous for its production of ond of the best wines at the region. Full of atmosphere medieval walls covered with climbing rose bushes, and among them, a restaurant serving delicious Tuscan cuisine embellished with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. I invite you to Castello di Volpaia, a place which for me is the essence of Chianti.
Val d’Orcia stretches to the south of Siena, at the foot of an extinct volcano Monte Amiata is a land of dream for every enthusiast of photography and one of the most popular region in Europe for outdoor shooting. It’s comes from here majority of famous views printed on postcards. In this post you will find out where to go and what place you must choose to snap by yourself the most popular panoramas adorning numerous postcards and Tuscany travel guides.
I know you love hot thermal springs, which can be used free of charge in the wild ponds hidden from mass tourism. Baths in Tuscany, described by me almost four years ago, enjoying great popularity among you, that’s why today I present another termal spring. If someone is dizzy, because wants to go to Sicily, but at the same time dreaming to soak in the hot, health and stinking puddle in the Tuscan bushes, then I hasten to help and present the bushes at the foot of Segesta in the Province of Trapani. Terme di Segesta, or the hot thermal spring in Sicily, are available free of charge.