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  • Day11

    Day 11a. Pitigliano and Vie Cave.

    August 15, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Vie Cave territory was shaped by the volcanic activity in the area on the border between Tuscany and Lazio around 600,000 years ago: the eruptions formed the tuff rocks that characterize this place. The Etruscans who established the strict bond with this land, then built their houses atop of the tuff cliffs.
    This civilization endured from before the time of the earliest Etruscan inscriptions (c. 700 BC) until its assimilation into the Roman Republic, beginning in the late 4th century BC with the Roman–Etruscan Wars.
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  • Day10

    Day 10. Bremen to Pitigliano, Italy.

    August 14, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Long day today starting at 4:15am. Shower, dress and run over to the tram stop just in time to read that the tram is not due for 10 minutes. Hotel gave us wrong tram times. Had coffee at the airport then through security where Susie's special Clinic cleanser mysteriously disappeared when all of the cosmetics were tipped out and had to be placed in clear plastic bags. Off to Amsterdam flying KLM. 1 hour stopover became 2 hours as the plane had a mechanical fault. But they swapped planes and we made it with our luggage to Rome.
    Ron was masterful with the little Fiat Panda especially after some random guy took pity and showed us how to engage reverse gear!
    Susie swiftly guided us for two laps of the airport then on to the freeway, past Civitavecchia and on to Pitigliano. We knew what it looked like but nothing can prepare you for the sight! It is stunning.
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  • Day10

    Day 10a. Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy.

    August 14, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    The road wound up the hill to Pitigliano but just before the top at the complete confusion of the crossroad and hairpin right bend there is a concrete piazza to the left. We took it on our second attempt and it proved to be the old town. We parked legally enough and tried to find the room on foot. Found the address but not our room. The room was some distance away but we got detailed instructions in Italian. We called the accommodation number and were making slow progress when an Aussie couple asked if we needed help! The guy's family lived here in Pitigliano and turned out they lived in the street we were looking for and his Aunty owned our room! Our accommodation Casa Messi, Vicolo della Stella 35 is a fabulous apartment.
    We settled in. Went for a walk. Found gelati and an archeological dig and reserved a table in the piazza for dinner at 7:30pm. We started with brushetta then pasta (Susie’s with pecorino mushrooms, Ron’s with boar). The bread, tomatoes, olive oil, pasta and wine were all locally grown and made in Pitigliano.
    Pitigliano is a time capsule. It is not on the tourist map. Most people are locals. It is magical.
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  • Day11

    Day 11. Pitigliano and Vie Cave.

    August 15, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    One cafe in our local Piazza was open at 8am for breakfast. The locals started to appear about 10:30am.
    We are loving the 1 Euro coffees and 1 Euro per scoop Gelati.
    We walked some of the Etruscan Vie Cave in the morning, local paths E,C,B,A (Camino Del Londini). The Vie Cave, also known in Italian as Cavoni, is an impressive road network in southern Europe, found in Spain, Italy, Turkey and as far east as Jordan. In Italy they partly link an Etruscan necropolis and several settlements in the area between Sovana, Sorano and Pitigliano.
    So after 2x 1€ coffee and 1€ chocolate and a breakfast biscuit for Susie. We wound down the cobbled streets of Pitigliano and at the foot of the staircase we found the first of several Vie Cave information boards. We wanted to find 3 things.
    1. Road that carved straight through the hillside (can't go over it can't go under it, can't go around it, got to go through it) and that could mean 30 m walls.
    2. Dwellings carved into the walls of the vie cave.
    3. Places where the road turned into staircases.
    Check the photos!
    We intended to walk 10km to Sovana but the Vie Cave splits and meanders. Left, right and straight ahead all go to the same place so instead we went on a round trip taking in what we hoped were interesting passages. We did well.
    Why these were built by Etruscans or pre-Etruscans no one knows. That fact that the network extends to Jordon is intriguing. We fly to Petra in Jordan next.
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  • Day11

    Day 11b. Pitigliano

    August 15, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Pitigliano is carved from volcanic stone. The cliffs of Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano have captured and maintained the remains of the many peoples who called the Fiora Valley, and its protective peaks, their homes since 2300 BC.
    This small township in the old town is interesting, beautiful, fascinating cobbled streets with no cars and shops and restaurants with delicious home cooked foods made from local ingredients. The residents are friendly and welcoming and prices are extremely reasonable.
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  • Day11

    11d. Pitigliano

    August 15, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Dinner at La Chiave del Paradiso Tattoria in Via Vignoli. Ate the local wild boar, pork, gnocchi and spinach with the local olive oil and balsamic vinegar and drank Vignamurata Sovana Sangiovese red wine.
    The trattoria owner is one of three brothers: one has the farm with the boar, pigs, beef cows and chickens and the other is the butcher that prepares the meat.
    Our last night in Pitigliano. Love this place.
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  • Day6

    Pitigliano (2/3)

    September 17, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Den zweiten Stopp legen wir in Pitigliano ein. Einer wunderschönen Stadt hoch auf den Felsen gebaut. 🥰 Schon die Aussicht von weitem entzückt uns. Aber auch in der Stadt selbst sind es wieder die kleinen Gassen,an denen man sich einfach nicht satt sehen kann!

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  • Day8

    Archäologische Ausgrabungstätte

    September 12, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Grabstätten der Etrusker. Ca 600 vor Christus. (unterirdische Nekropolen) Eine der Nekropolen heißt Tomba Ildebrands.
    Einzig erhaltenes Exemplar eines etruskischen Tempelgrabes. Zu Ehren von Ildebrando von Sovana.Read more

  • Day136


    March 12, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Our first Tuscan hill town. Our cute little restaurant offered exclusively regional specialties. The bathrooms were a treat ... carved out of the hillside!

    We took home a bottle of Pitigliano wine for happy hour. Delicious!Read more

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