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Provincia di Grosseto

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  • Day282

    Grosseto & Maremma Regional Park

    April 4, 2017 in Italy

    As much as we enjoy taking a nose around city sights, we love being out in nature and so had been looking forward to visiting Monti del'Uccellina, within Parco Regionale della Maremma.

    We parked up and chose to walk two of the shorter round routes detailed on the area map and accessible directly from the nearby visitor centre. Apart from one other couple we met on their way out we had the place to ourselves.

    Information boards showed us what flora and fauna to look out for. The plantlife was good, with wildflowers either blooming brightly under the hot sun's rays or, like the intensly pink cyclamens, taking advantage of the dappled shade. However, the animals were the most exciting and unique feature of the park.

    The first track led us into a hillside forest, providing a reprieve from the heat. We needed to keep our eyes on the uneven ground and so took our time, stopping frequently to take in our quiet surroundings. We'd rarely go for more than a minute with out a little Italian Wall Lizard scuttling into a pile of dry brown leaves or collection of branches that looked like they had been washed together by heavy rainfall. Despite having been prewarned, Vicky still got a real shock when Will startled a long green snake and it slithered speedily into the stick pile beside her!

    We found what we think was wild cat scat and it was really exciting to see lots of signs of wild boar. There were droppings around areas of disturbed earth where they had been rooting. We even discovered a raised tree root they'd used as a scratching post, with their thick bristly hairs left scattered on the reddish brown dusty earth.

    The second of the two routes was at a lower altitude and through the open parkland that bordered the wooded hill. There was a distinctive smell in the air and after a while Will spotted some movement on the slope above us. We looked closer and saw a group of about half a dozen deer at the edge of the trees. They allowed us to get within a few hundred meters before springing off surefootedly out of sight.

    We drove away tired but refreshed by the amazing experiences in the park. After doing a much needed grocery shop at a supermarket in the large town of Grosseto, we settled ourselves in for the night at a nearby car park with camper stop.
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  • Day34

    We had to pack up and leave our beautiful castle today. We loved our time at B&B Castello Di Belforte and our lovely hostess made us the most delicious breakfasts every morning. We enjoyed having this as our base and spending each day exploring this beautiful region of Italy. We were sad to be on our way but excited about the rest of our journey.

    On today’s itinerary was a visit to Cascate del Mulino Terme di Saturnia, the beautiful hot springs in Tuscany. The Terme di Saturnia are a group of springs located in the municipality of Manciano, a few kilometers from the village of Saturnia.

    The entire site was created naturally where the travertine rock pools were carved by the waterfall of sulphurous thermal waters and generated by the thermal torrent known as the Gorello.

    One legend, according to the Etruscans and Romans, was that the Terme di Saturnia were formed by lightning bolts, thrown by Jupiter. During a violent quarrel between the two mythological deities, the bolts thrown towards Saturn had missed, causing the formations.

    The sulphurous spring water, at a temperature of 37.5 °C, are well known for their therapeutic properties, offering relaxation and well being through immersion. The main thermal waterfalls are the Mill Falls, located at an old mill which was where we visited today. Free parking and free entrance was very impressive but most impressive was the springs themselves. Thankfully we seemed to avoid the big crowds that were arriving as we were leaving.

    I thought the place would smell from the sulphur but it wasn’t bad at all. Getting in was a wee bit tricky as some of the rocks were slippery but once we were in it was amazing. It was so relaxing just floating in the warm waters as they flowed around us. It was a cooler day today so getting into the warm waters was very pleasant. A great first stop for the day.
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  • Day34

    Our stop this afternoon was at Il Giardino dei Tarocchi, The Tarot Garden. It is a sculpture garden based on the esoteric tarot, created by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) in the countryside of Pescia Fiorentina, Capalbio. The park was opened to the public in 1998.

    Niki de Saint Phalle, inspired by Gaudí´s Parc Güell in Barcelona, and Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo, decided to make something similar in design for her monumental sculpture park based on the Tarot. In 1979, she acquired some land on top of an Etruscan ruin and built the park, containing twenty-two monumental figures representing her idea of the greater Mysteries of the tarot. They are constructed of reinforced concrete and covered with mirrors and ceramic mosaic. The figures can be walked through, and on, and every surface is different.

    Niki even lived inside the sphinx-like Empress for several months during the construction of the garden, the inside of which is covered with mosaic mirrors and bright and colourful creations. It would not have been a calm place to live in. I got a giggle that the windows were the boobs. Niki’s sculptures seemed to focus on big breasted women and they are portrayed in a humorous way.

    She had a very interesting life and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to experience some her amazing and quirky works of art.
    #livelifeincolour
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  • Day33

    Sovana

    September 28, 2017 in Italy

    We woke up this morning, the husband asked "Wife, what is the proposed agenda today?", I answered with "Today's agenda includes a 5 hour round trip of driving!", the husband didn't think that sounded like a great plan, eventually acquiesced, and the rest, as they say, is history. We had a GREAT DAY!

    So we headed off toward Sovana. Sovana was Etruscan by origin, becoming a Roman municipality in the 5th century. (I looked up Etruscan civilisation, whichWikipedia described as "the modern name given to a powerful and wealthy civilization of ancient Italy in the area corresponding roughly to Tuscany, western Umbria, and northern Lazio dating from circa 600BC".)

    It did take us 2.5 hours to drive there, but it was through beautiful countryside and not a great deal of traffic. But the drive was worth it - the village of Sovana was breathtaking! Sovana itself is perched (clinging to?) on the side of a hill and the valley below is dotted with little caves. There are magnificent views across the valley which is lushly green.
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  • Day33

    Vie Cave Etruscha

    September 28, 2017 in Italy

    One of the main attractions outside of Sovana is a series of walking trails which take you through the hill side on ancient Etruscan paths, where there are caves and tracks etched into the landscape. There are also a number of necropoli and other monuments scattered throughout the countryside, but we focussed on a walk through one path and back along another. It had the added advantage of taking us across the gorge with views back across to Sovana, which was spectacular.

    We walked for about 2 hours through the hills. The track we took to the other side was obviously quite well used, however we decided to take what turned out to be the road considerably less travelled on the way back. The path was not that well signed, steep and covered with leaf litter, which made it a bit treacherous in our "not built for hiking" shoes. I did slip on a steep bit, hit my head on the ground (ouch!) but otherwise, it was a great trek through the forest. We were all pretty impressed!

    It was possible to still see in the caves the marks made by whatever implements were used to carve them out in the first place. The tracks were impressive in terms of their depth. Rather enterprising people those Etruscans!
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  • Day28

    We were on a Choo Choo

    December 10, 2017 in Italy

    That was on Sunday, and this post is late. I will claim a medical certificate as I'm nursing a cold. Although it does not slow me during the day, I'm rather unmotivated once back at the apartment. Also, planning for after Rome needed to be done. We are going south to Matera, where the ancient cave dwellings are still occupied, and Naples.

    Back to Sunday, and our Choo Choo ride.

    It was a chilly minus 5 deg C when we walked through the misty, early morning medieval streets of Siena. The town was yet to wake, the streets were quiet. Emersed in the old grey buildings and cobbled streets of the Middle Ages, we were reminded of modernity only with the tiny garbage trucks, smaller than an average Australian ute, and the 3 sets of escalators that took us from Siena town atop a hill to the train station at the bottom. Led by the stream of smoke that rose from the train tracks, we hurried to catch the train. It was a turn of the century old steam train (literally manufactured in 1900) that would take us through picturesque Val D'Orca to San Quirico d Orcia, a little Tuscan hilltop village with its annual olive festival.

    Riding on an original steam train has a charm and thrill that is just indescribable. To be greeted by a 3 men brass band and be surrounded by wildly gesticulating, loud Italians who were all just as excited added to the atmosphere. We saw the engineer manually attach the carriages to the locomotive, then oil and check all the bits that needed oiling and checking. Then it was the actual chug - - chug - - chug - -chug out of the station, slow accelerating chug- chug- chug to chugachugachuga as we passed through the rolling Tuscan countryside. Magical!

    And the 3 men brass band were in the train. Going from carriage to carriage, they played Christmas carols and songs we could recognise and sing to in English. We just giggled all journey, stopping only to "ohhhh" wide-eyed at the scenery.

    San Quirico de Orcia is just the sweetest little medieval hamlet atop a hill surrounded by the gorgeous Tuscan countryside. The towns people were so welcoming and friendly. Whatever we wanted and wherever we were, they would somehow find someone who spoke a little broken English to help interprete. We saw a flag throwing competition called by the town prier. We ate skewers of barbecued meat, panini rolls with suckling pig, and all sorts of sausages and stuffed meats. We even managed a tour of a micro beer brewery, with an interpreter borrowed from the escargot stand, used their bathroom and had a taste of Tuscan beer. Of course, we tasted lots of olive oil on pieces of bread as big as my palm. Everyone wanted us to taste everything in their range. We were very very well fed. It was altogether a totally
    Italian experience. What I found most hilarious was that hardly any one spoke a word of English, but all through the festive town, the Christmas carols blaring through loudspeakers, were all in English.

    After 4 hours in town and walking a tiny part of the pilgrim trail outside town, we were chuga-chugged to various stages of sleepiness and sleep on the journey back to Siena.
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  • Day5

    Grosseto

    August 24, 2015 in Italy

    Erik mára lebetegedett és vele együtt az idő is így az eltervezett san gimignanoi út 20 fokban és zuhogó esőben-legalábbis amit oda előrejeleztek felülíródott. Maradt a kis Grosseto és tengerpart. Mert ott persze jó idő volt. Grosetto óvárosa kb. 15 perc alatt bejárható, de bájos kisváros.
    Utána tengerpart, hatalmas hullámok, bevásárlás Conadban és vacsora a hotelban. Remélem Erik gyorsan meggyógyul mert így nem igazi a nyaralás :-(Read more

  • Day6

    Marina di Grosseto

    August 25, 2015 in Italy

    Úgy tűnik ez a nyaralás az újratervezésekről szól. Fél 7-es kelést terveztünk hogy még reggeli után korán lejussunk a strandra. Vegul 8 lett belőle. A strandtól 5 kmre Erik kitett a parton a kocsiból, hogy a napok óta tartó futás elkummantásából való frusztrációmból és frusztrálásából kimentsen illetve kimeneküljön. Jó rég nem futottam, nagyon jól esett de nagyon meleg is volt. Azóta strandolunk, es kiolvassuk a felhalmozott pletyka gazdasagi es politikai ujsagmennyiseget. A tenger továbbra is nagyon hullámzik, nem lehet menne normálisan úszni csak mártózni de nehogy azt higgyétek hogy panaszkodom 😀 nagyon élvezzük!!Read more

  • Day8

    Castiglione della Pescaia

    August 27, 2015 in Italy

    Tegnap lényegében szintén egész nap tengerpartoztunk. Végre nem hullámzott, tudtunk úszni is és együtt is bemerészkedtünk a cuccokat a parton hagyva ( eddig emiatt sokat paráztunk ;-). castiglione egyébként csodás kisváros, az óváros egy domb tetején fekszik, igazán romantikus a látvány
    . kocsival nem lehet behajtani így strand után mi csak megkerültük és kerestünk olyan kilátópontot ahonnan a legjobban látszik.
    Este pizzáztunk egy gluténmentes pizzazériában - degeszre ettük magunkat ☺️lassan az olaszoknál is minden megoldható hiába a tészták hazája :-)
    Ma irány Ferrara, és útbaejtjük San Gimignanot.
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  • Day4

    Ma reggel sajnos el kellett hagynunk a kedvenc szállásunkat, még egy utolsó finom reggelivel búcsúztunk a La Villatól és Dinotol, a ház macskájától aki valahonnan kerített egy sült rákot magának és épp azt pofozgatta a kertben. a kis gourmet. :-)
    Gyönyörű toszkán falvakon át vezetett az út azon része amit nem pályán tettünk meg. Grossetto azonban nekem amit eddig láttam belőle nagy csalódás. A város első benyomásra kizárólag arra épült rá, hogy elszállásolja azokat a turistákat, akiknek a tengerparti városokban már nem maradt szállás ( pl. Marina di grosseto stb.). Azért feltérképezzük holnap mert tripadvisor szerint legalább 8 látnivaló van grossetoban ( kicsit félek mert ebből a 3. Már egy agrotouristico étterem :-))
    Ma cserébe végre tengert is láttunk, persze a törülközőt sikerült a szálláson hagyni így a sok tengerparon mászkáló szemüveget bomberdzsekit ékszert kelengyét áruló bevándorló közül megtaláltam azt akinek törülközője is volt. Indulásként egyet adott volna 20 eur-t 😳 végül kialkudtunk 2-t 25-ért de így is nagyon fájt. A tenger nagyon hullámzott, úszni nem igazán lehetett, de a lubickolás nagyon jól esett. Na most indulunk vacsizni, remélem találunk valami hangulatos kis helyet, majd beszámolok.
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