Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Hill Towns…

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We left Florence having made our best attempt to see everything we could, but still missing so much that we vowed that we must return. We picked up our little Audi at the Florence airport and headed south, Terry driving and Lois navigating. Terry did well at the driving,
Lois not so much…I am not going to mention my difficulty distinguishing between the “no parking” signs and the “no entry” signs and I am really not going to tell about the experience of curling down the five story exit ramp of a parking structure. Fortunately for us it was so early in the day that no one was exiting, yet, and when we got to the bottom that cute little Audi actually was so little that Terry could make a twenty point “Y” turn so that he did not have to back up the five story spiral to get out of there so we could find the real entrance. Other than that we enjoyed driving in Tuscany. The towns have parking structures and lots on the outskirts so you park and walk. As Terry kept saying, “The hill towns really are hilly.” We stopped for lunch in San Gimignano. It is known for its towers (fourteen still exist.) This town was the setting for the movie “Tea with Mussolini” where a group of British ex-pats save the towers and frescoes from the retreating Germans who wanted to blow them up at the end of the war. In the early ’20’s MC Escher made a woodblock print of the town’s towers that you can see if you scroll down here. Keep scrolling and you will see his drawing of Orvieto, a town we saw later in the week.

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We settled into our apartment that was in a vineyard, half way between Montalcino and Buonconvento.

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My favorite color scheme on a building.

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We got to the top of this wall and thought we might get blown off but got a really good view.

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Nice house, hey?

Author: loisreynoldsmead

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3 thoughts on “Hill Towns…

  1. Beautiful photos! I recognize so many of these gorgeous places. Earlier this year I went to the Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino – one of the most amazing things I have seen. I love the whole area!!!

    • Thank you for commenting!I visited your blog and subscribed because my greatest goal in life is to return to that country.It is such a magical place and anything that reminds me of it makes me very happy. I will look up that festival!

  2. I did 3 posts on Montalcino and the festival. The first called A weekend in Montalcino, the second Who won the archery competition and the third Montalcino’s big day. The festival was incredible. It would be a good reason to go back to Montalcino.

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