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Jun 4, 2018 - Breakaways 'Treasures of Tuscany' June 4, 2018 Montalcino to Abby of San Antimo

9.5km, 180m elevation Up at the usual time of 7am. So nice to finally be on this time zone!  Walter and our bus are here promptly at 9am.  A beautiful drive over narrow winding Tuscan roads up to Montalcino at 700m.  Montalcino is a Tuscan hill town with a full circuit of walls.  It was germanely settled in 1000AD by fugitives from the Saracens and their family groups, the Borghetto, Pianello, Ruga and Travaglio.  To this day, you will see rival flags outside the houses and they compete against each other in an archery competition.   After...

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May 9, 2016 - Old friends and new

This week we have continued our travels through wonderful Tuscany. No matter how often you visit, its beauty never fails to astound. We have revisited favourite haunts from the past and explored new ones. Precisely what this trip is all about! We reconnected with Agnese from our favourite hilltop village of Montalcino. Agnese runs a small ceramic shop in town from which we have bought various plates and other items over the past 16 years. We found her again this year, in the same place and added to our collection (see photos). Montalcino is...

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Oct 12, 2015 - Siena to Montalcino

At 8:45 this morning we met Salvatore in the foyer with our bags. He placed them all carefully in a spot to be picked up by our driver later in the day and we set off for a tour of the city. Salvatore gave us a good commentary about the history of Siena which is built on three hills (contrast with the 7 hills of Rome). Our first stop was the Palazzo del Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena which is the oldest surviving bank in the world. We next moved back to the Church of the Assumption and this time the chapel with the 'Holy Head' was...

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Apr 6, 2015 - Montalcino

It is Easter weekend and the yard is still behind – no real surprise, but the good news is that I am on watch next weekend, so organised myself a car and a hotel and hit the road. Saturday morning dawned with the usual grey sky and threatening rain and it hadn’t cleared by the time I got on my push bike for the 15min ride to pick up the car – halfway to the car hire, I looked down (thinking that the road was particularly rough this morning and I didn’t think my camera bag was that heavy) and saw I had two flat tyres… not one, but two – oh...

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Jun 5, 2013 - Tuscany Hill Towns

Over the next few days we explored Siena and visited the two hill towns Montalcino and Montepulciano. The Tuscany countryside is every bit as scenic as advertised, enticing me to look for "in vendita" (for sale) signs on vineyards. Unfortunately, now is not a buyer's market. The hill towns were worth spending a few hours, and the "entecas" served a wide variety of wines and, in our limited experience, excellent light lunches. Both hill towns had a castle-type fortress and wall around the city. Each also had the requisite duomo (church) but...

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May 17, 2013 - Day 9 - Volterra/Siena/Montalcino

Sorry we couldn't post this earlier...we didn't have a good wifi connection in Volterra...also...drinking wine late at night is not conducive to good writing! 𯘀 Waking up in Volterra was great...its really a quaint little town. It has a fortifying wall thus non residents have to park the car then walk in. Now I know this sounds simple but driving in Italy is never so simple at least for these Americans. This is the first day we had rain to start our day off but it did not stop us from seeing the beautiful countryside of Italy. We left at...

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May 17, 2013 - Sant' Antimo and Bagno Vignoni

Bryan and I both woke early, however, after breakfast we both needed a little nap. Neither of us slept well overnight. The walls in the hotel are extremely thin so you can hear people in the next room speaking, watching tv, and moving furniture around. Note to self: pack earplugs for our next trip. After a bit more rest we got some exercise walking/running around town. It is much easier in Montalcino than Florence, though we still got our share of stares. For lunch we tried another of the recommended restaurants, Il Grifo. Again we shared...

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May 16, 2013 - Florence to Montalcino

Surprisingly Bryan and I slept until 10 am, nearly missing breakfast! I scurried over to the breakfast room to collect items for breakfast in bed...a croissant, yogurt with granola, coffee, and orange juice. It was the perfect way to start the day. Afterwards Bryan and I tried to get some exercise by running (Bryan)/ walking (Jenny) around the city. That was easier said than done with all of the people and traffic! It appears that no one in Florence exercises from the stares we received. Once showered we checked out, left our bags, and...

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Sep 18, 2010 - Montalcino - San Filippo

We left our friends Francesca and Walter at La Noce de Francesca in Londa today. It was a sad goodbye since we so enjoyed staying on there farm and getting to know them. They are truly special and wonderful people. They even invited us to stay for a few more days for no charge. Francesca gave us some of their home grown peaches and olive oil, we petted Zach and Pepe one last time and headed down the bumpy road to Londa. We stopped at a butcher shop in Ponta Tressa Montroni D'Arbia north of Montalcino and Jenna bought a piece of Bisteca...

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Sep 26, 2007 - Vineyard Tour in Montalcino

Today we woke up bright and early and headed to the Hertz office to pick up our rental car. On the advice of a few fellow Americans returning their own rental car, we bought detailed maps of Florence and Tuscany from a nearby newsstand and then we were off to visit a vineyard and winery near Montalcino. It was literally like driving through a maze trying to get out of the city but luckily there were lots of signs for the Autostrada for us to follow and the traffic wasn't too heavy. Once we were out on the open road, the drive was really...

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