Travel Blogs from Manciano
... non-main roads and our buddy the GPS lady again tried to send us off the beaten track! Not this time love! I stuck to my intuition and after a few roads that we thought weren't really the right size for much more than our car, we finally made it to Villa D'Este.
What a place! Originally a monastry, it was gifted to Cardinal D'Este when he became the governor of the town of Tivoli, and at the time was a palace. However, in the next 22 years he worked to make ...
... There was no wind but the coastal breeze made it a very pleasant place to be. During the day on Tuesday a strong onshore wind came up and the complexion of the sea changed dramatically. The storm surge (there is no other name for it), has been incredible. The sea has become a raging 'washing-machine' with 2 mtrs of white water crashing onto the beach. So strong has it been that most of the beaches have been closed and sea spry is over everything. I asked one of the retailers if this ...
... wishing SF did this! It was 9:00 and not many stores were open so we window shopped a lot. We stopped in one place and bought a small bottle of the thickest balsamic vinegar we've ever seen. Can't wait to try it! We really loved this little town. Next was San Quirico D'orcia. Again with the neighborhood banners! We didn't spend as much time here since it was smaller, but there were still some great things to be seen. Finally we ended up in Montalcino. Last time I was ...
... fields were flying past.
At the turn up the hill to the hotel, I got a bit confused as I had ridden in the van yesterday so didn't notice there was another spa type resort before ours. I saw the "thermal spa" notice and thought that I was supposed to turn in, but as soon as I did I knew it was wrong...so tried to turn back to the hill...came to a screeching halt, still in my clips and fell over again! It was within ...
... for lunch. Brigoli is like square spaghetti and the sauce was a little spicy. Karen had aguacottta, a very filling vegetable soup. Our ride back was about 30K and not so scenic as yesterday but fun anyway, It went through rolling country on lightly traveled roads. The only problem was that the last 3K were uphill and included the steepest hills of the week - about 15%. But we made it. Karen pulled away from me the last 2K and, therefore can ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center