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Travel Blogs from Castelnuovo Berardenga
The route today:
- Castelmusio (beautiful and typical fortified hill village)
- Pienza (a world heritage site, it has a former summer palace of the popes)
- San Quirico (less impressive, but maybe because of the rain)
- Montalcino (looked impressive with a big castle: heavy rain prevented walking in)
The drive today was through the Tuscan countryside heading East, into the Province of Umbria and on to the city of Urbino. The drive was three hours along a winding road through pretty countryside and over a mountain pass, not very high but very pleasant on the eye.
The City of Urbino,once a wealthy and powerful city state, has hardly …
The route for today:
- San Gimignano (beautiful, and in good condition – the towers signified wealth)
- Volterra (another fortified hill town – no restaurants serving food until 1900)
- Poggibonsi (raining heavily, the town seemed dead, and huge traffic jams)
- Castelnuovo Berardenga (neat little town with some interesting shops)
Driving through the countryside of Tuscany provides beautiful vistas in all directions. At this time of year many fields have been ploughed up to rest for the winter while the vineyards and olive plantations continue their work. The farmed areas are interspersed with areas of woodland. So the whole region of rolling hills and valleys is covered in …
With no cars available to hire from Hertz in Florence, arrangements were made to hire one in Siena, just 90 minutes away by train. The queue for tickets and a slow ticket machine meant just missing the 1011 train and waiting an hour for the next one. At Siena, the usual lack of any helpful signs made finding the Hertz facility difficult. Once found …