Hotel dei Capitani
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A beautiful hotel in the heart of Montalcino accessible to all the tourist attractions.
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After a satisfying breakfast, we commenced our walk no later than 8.30am.
Leaving Bagno Vignoni we descend to the Orcia river and follow old dirt tracks shaded by a woody tree area. We climbed to a ridge dominated by a castle Ripa d'Orcia (15th Century), before descending. Unfortunately we were told not to visit this castle as it was not …
We leave Bagno Vignoni and head towards Sant'Antimo and are shuttled to Montalcino
A hard but enjoyable day following dry riverbeds through a fairly wild environment brings us to St Antimo, an isolated abbey situated in a pastoral landscape.
The architecture dates from the early 12th century and shows French and Lombard influences.
I should probably explain. We didn't literally take a bath in hot rotten eggs, we bathed in warm 37 degree water heated by sulphur gas from one of Italy's volcanoes. So it did kind of smell like we were bathing in hot rotten eggs but boy was it nice. Let me back up a bit. To get to Saturnia we had taken a rather windy path through a number of not yet open restaurants and the lack of pee breaks, steep corners, lack of van brakes and me not driving left me ...
... and we chatted to the locals who treated us like people and not as though we were a gathered herd of tourists. We were also lucky to be present to see the 'Madonna and bambino' icon exhibition displayed on the alter. A beautiful sight.
We walked on as it was still not too hot to another church at the other end of town. I havent got the name but on our arrival we discovered it had been turned into a hotel. You can imagine Michaels reaction.... ...
... Our plan for the day was to drive to the medieval town of San Gimignano (3.5hrs) for a quick visit and on to Siena (1 hr) where we were spending one night.
San Gimignano had come highly recommended as a key place to visit, even if for just viewing the 13 (out of an initial 72) towers remaining from the ancient walled town. I had been looking forward to this visit but it did not live up to my expectations at all which, I realise, was due to the ...