Morning broke on the day I looked most forward to, and it did not disappoint with its glorious Tuscan sunrise.
I selected and squeezed three oranges into four small glasses, took my coffee outside and made a couple of Photographs.
San Gusme was just appearing through the morning mist. I knew then that the magic here cannot be held at bay by Glass. It strikes deep and massages a tired soul. Once again the peace was overwhelming and my eyes filled with tears of bliss and joy. The anticipation of what lay ahead made my head spin.
Breakfast devoured we headed west to Siena to pick up the famous and scenic SR2 to San Quirico d’ Orcia. Driving through fields of curvaceous green plains. This is where the Unesco protected Val d’ Orcia begins.
About 5km south hot sulphurous water bubbles up into this picturesque pool in the centre of Bagno Vignoni.
We then headed 15 km further south to the tiny and beautiful (aren’t they all) village Bagni San Fillippo. A tiny path through the woods took us to sets of warm, tumbling cascades. Mudpools and Sulphur mountains. A most glorious spot.
It was fast approaching lunchtime and we headed for Monticchiello, a sleepy medieval hilltop village. Just inside the main Gate (doesn’t that sound brilliant – inside the village gate) stands the small and highly regarded Osteria La Porta. It has a small terrace with the most overwhelming panoramic views of the Val d’ Orcia. This is the place to have Lunch.
We drove unhurried to Pienza, making several stops en route to enjoy and marvel at this wonderful scenery and to make photographs.
We could see our next stop from the terrace of Osteria La Porta.
Pienza is small and boost several Renaissance buildings that should not be missed. We spent several relaxing hours here and strolled without a care and without any hurry through this beautiful village. Exploring with eyes, heart and soul.
I also found a plaque that stated that the Val d’ Orcia was an idea by several Renaissance painters. I for one will be forever grateful to them.
So we slowly made our way back to the Villa for our last night and a scrumptious BBQ.
I thank whoever needs thanking for making this trip possible.