Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tuscan Hill Towns

The thing I love most about Tuscany is that every hill is topped with some medieval town. I could spend a lifetime exploring all the old towns there. But seeing as we only had a week we only got to see a few. 

The first one we saw was the walled city of Monteriggioni built in 1213. The walls and buildings are the best preserved in all of Italy. The city itself was tiny we only spent an hour or so walking around, here are some pictures:

Luke enjoying a coffee
A coffee the size of a sugar packet
Next we visited the town of Radda in Chianti. They had a great playground for Jack so we spent a few hours letting him have some fun

We took a short stop near the town of Castellina. Here is a picture of the town
We didn't go into town. Instead, we took a detour to see the Etruscan burial vault at Mt. Calvario. 

The tombs were built into the summit of a small hill. There were four entrances around the the top the hill
Luke checking to make sure no monsters are inside
Some of the entrances were filled with water so we couldn't get in
It was pitch black inside and we had no flashlight. I kept taking pictures just to see what was there

Jack running down the top of the burial site

Our last little Tuscan town was Montefioralle. It was a charming town with cobblestone streets that Jack loved to walk on


This town claims to be the birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci

We stopped in at the Taverna de Guerrino which my guide book said is the best place to eat in Chianti

We had another 4 course meal with 3 different types of wine
It was amazing... and I don't usually like wine
Afterwards we were all tired
We headed back into the car for the final part of our trip. Florence.

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