Visits to Radicofani, Val d'Orcia, & Bagno Vignoni

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Grand Hotel Ambasciatori Chianciano Terme
Read my review - 1/5 stars

Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Map of Chianciano Terme

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Sep 4: The first order of the day was a short walking tour of Chianciano to the town square just two blocks away to show us where to get money from the bank's ATM, and the tourist information center to buy bus tickets for rides to old town. Today was our tour of Radicofani and the Casato Prime Donne Winery. 

 
 
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Albino cows and scenery


RADICOFANI:
Map of Radicofani
 
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Radicofani is a small village with a population of 1,200. The main attraction of this small village are the castle of Carolingian origin which goes back to 978. It was the castle of Ghino di Tacco, and occupies the highest point of the village. The second landmark is the Romanesque church of San Pietro with art works by famous ancient artists.
  
 
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From Wiki:
Carolingian Empire (800–888) is a historiographical term which has been used to refer to the realm of the Franks under the Carolingian dynasty in the Early Middle Ages.




CASATO PRIME DONNE WINERY:
Our second tour was to the Casato Prime Donne Winery, the first business in Italy totally operated by women, which produces the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine. After our tour of the winery, we were served lunch – with their wine. 
 
 
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BAGNO VIGNONI:
 
Our third and last tour for the day was to the small village of Bagno Vignoni Spa. Talk about exceptional, beautiful, landscapes, the Val d'Orcia has some of the world's best. The sulphur water was considered therapeutic ever since Roman times. As a matter of fact, Bagno Vignoni was born as a spa in the Middle Ages, and its name derives from the castle of Vignoni. Some ladies in our group dipped their feet in the sulphur water stream around this village. 
 I walked 7 miles today. 
 
 
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 From Wiki (edited).
Bagno Vignoni is a town situated on a hill above Val d'Orcia.  It is a popular tourist destination and well known for its hot springs.[1].  At the heart of the village is the "Square of sources", namely a rectangular tank, of 16th-century origin, which contains the original source of water that comes from the underground aquifer of volcanic origins. Since   the Etruscans and Romans - as evidenced by the numerous archaeological finds - the spa of Bagno Vignoni was attended by eminent personalities such as Pope Pius IISanta Caterina da SienaLorenzo the Magnificent and many other artists who had elected the village as main holiday resort.
 
Characteristic of Bagno Vignoni, besides the thermal waters, are its structure, despite numerous incidents of war, devastation and fires that involved the Val d'Orcia in the
Middle
Ages
, remains essentially unchanged since then.

Bagno Vignoni is also the location where parts of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1983 film Nostalghia
were shot.


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