The last major location we visited on our trip was the town of Civita di Bagnoregio, about 10-15 km. south of Orvieto. The town is truly impressive, sitting atop a rock outcrop that overlooks the surrounding countryside, and as with many of the others in nearby regions, has Etruscan origins, this one dating back an unimaginable 2.5 millennia.
Being situated in a such a unique location, direct vehicle access is not possible, necessitating a 15-20 minute walk (at quite a grade!) from a nearby parking lot. The access bridge was fairly recently rebuilt, prior to which the nearly inaccessible town had fallen into decay, earning the nickname the il paese il che muore ("the town that is dying"). The new bridge has reinvigorated the town as a sought-after tourist and event location (there was a wedding taking place during our visit).
We had arrived at Civita in the evening, so the golden hour was just beginning as we walked around the narrow streets, making for far more subdued scenes than many of the other locations we visited.
Toward the edge of town there were some old buildings and ruins that still had Etruscan artifacts within. They were closed at the time, but looked like some portions of the structure had been converted into museum space, while others were still being excavated. Just a bit farther past was the north edge of the town, where the valley could be seen over a cobblestone wall.
Our time there concluded with a nice glass of wine outside a small café. A relaxing end to a relatively long day...minus the hike back down the hill and the 2 hour drive back home that is!
This is the last post in the series of our time in Italy. If you stumbled across these, I hope they were enjoyable and that if you ever get the chance to visit yourself, some of these locations might fit into your schedule. Cheers and Happy New Year!
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One of the last larger towns in near proximity to our lodging (i.e. within about 30 minutes) was Montepulciano. Marcello, the son of family that owned the agriturismo where we stayed, specifically recommended we stop by as it was one of his favorite places to visit for a evening away from home.
After our day long excursion to Siena, we returned to taking shorter trips to other local hill towns. Montalcino was next on our list, famously know worldwide for its Brunello wine, and like most of the other ancient settlements in the region, stems from Etruscan origins. The town has been known for its high-quality leather products since the medieval times, with many tanneries and cobbler shops still lining the streets.
After our first night at our new lodgings, we ventured out to some of the nearby hill towns to explore what the local communities had to offer. Our first stop was at the Town of San Quirico d'Orcia, about 20 kilometers southeast of Buonconvento, which dates back to around 700 AD. The town's fortified walls still stand, intended to protect its citizens from invasion over the centuries.
We picked up a rental car at the Florence airport and headed out of the city bound for our apartment rental further south about halfway between Florence and Siena.
It been a few months since I've been able to post, but rest assured, I have quite a bit of material to cover in the near future. That's because last month I was able to travel internationally for the first time in almost a decade, spending a fantastic week and a half in the Tuscany region of Italy with my wife and parents. This post will be the first of many detailing some of the amazing locations we were able to visit and the images I captured along the way.