Deruta and Torgiano afternoon visits then sunsets and supper
10 August 2017
First day in Umbria . Todi and then meeting Toons at San Terenziamo. Fab sunsets
Walking in Montalcino this morning seeing the-sites . The drive is fabulous and a wide vale to admire with Views everywhere. Chose some lovely Brunello to have with the toons.
Morning walk to Montestigliano in the rain !!
Leaving today as weather cools. The walk is lovely through farms and farm land with forests thrown in for good measure . What a way to start the day !
9 August 2017
Today was a beach visit to castiglione Della pescaia . Very cool little town with a massive marina. Italian beaches are just about all private but we did find a free bit .
Then an afternoon in Massa Maritima great medieval and Romanesque town high in hills .
Busy day but s great one
7 August 2017
Dinner yesterday at a hill top farm with Francesco !! I like Italian men - they do muddle she better than most !
Dancing art gallery and supper just lovely
Now in Montepulciano and sitting in 19C tea rooms with fab view the village is the highest of the Sienese villages . Went wine tasting and had a blast . The local wine vino noble di montapulciano is really nice - although I've read it's not quite as good as Brunello di Montalcino but better than Montefalco. If you find something you like - enjoy it life is too short to be snobby about wine !!
Today we had breakfast in Pienza. The small village is beautiful and the centre for Pecorino cheese. The town was built by pope pious II and is lovely .Check out the story on the internet .
6 August 2017
This morning a walk in the Tuscan woods of Oak and Cyprus. A hot but short morning stroll. Then breakfast in the Palazzo courtyard and now by the pool . V relaxing
5 August 2017
Evening supper views from Stigliano
Yesterday we went to Sienna and to Colle Val D 'Elba.
The latter is famous for its crystal so went to the museum. 95% of Italy's crystal is made there .
But at 45c we spent the morning walking and retreated to our dark tower for a rest.
4 August 2017
Our first morning .
It's cool and the breeze is lovely .
The sun is high sand hazy and the housemartins fill the sky. All is peace.
3 August 2017
Extreme heat - but glorious drive from Perugia to Stigliano- a Tuscan palazzo .
It was deserted and now renovated. Lovely.
We are taking the afternoon inside the tower until it cools a little .