Traipsing Through Tuscany

Trip Start May 15, 2010
Trip End Oct 15, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Thursday, June 3, 2010

Oh the hills of Tuscany!  Now that is good and bad:  as walkers it makes for a lot of ascending and descending, but the views after the ascent are incredible.  We don't have much to say (and very infrequent internet connections to say it with) but a bunch of pictures to show the scenery.  We spent 2 days in Sienna enjoying the sights (never did make it to Florence)

The walk there included some interesting trails.  Everyone else shows you the vineyards of tuscany, but who else shows you the real food ... the fava beans!

Siena was beautiful.  The duomo gleamed in the sunlight and the narrow winding streets were very steep!

Not having enough hiking we climbed to the top of the Duomo, too.

After Siena, our strolls took us to Montereggioni -- a very small but completely walled-in town

After leaving there, our strolls took us first through some beautiful poppy fields 

And then we were off to San Gimignano.  During the heyday and fighting of renaissance Tuscany, all the warring families built towers for protection.  Unlike most of the Tuscan towns, San Gimingnano still has over a dozen left.

Well it is time to go drink some wine and eat some fava beans.
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Mike & Rose on

Are you sure you're heading in the right direction ?
You can't get there from Lucca !

Mike & Rose on

Just looked at your map again.
Hey, slow down. It's dangerous - you're speeding and you could burst an insole !

Ed Buss on

Hi Dan and Hillary,

Remember me from John Cooley's place last winter? I lived in The Dome. My, you are the intrepid hikers, aren't you? I'm loving your travelogue...plan to spend lots of time in Italy myself in the future -- maybe even live there. Ciao...e buona fortuna ai pellegrini!

Chris Pearce on

I love your idea of "just out for a stroll". And, as always, your pictures are great.

Miss you guys. Love, Chris

Sil on

You two are doing so well!! Walking with the flow, towards Rome, was difficult enough, never mind doing it backwards! I can't even imagine climbing up to the Cisa Pass from the 'wrong' side.
Keep warm, keep safe, have a great walk.

Mike & Rose on

Watch out for the sign on the farm gate which reads;
" Hikers may walk across my field free but the bull charges !"

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