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The Italian Job - our car journey begins

The drive begins...A jaunt through Tuscany

Montefiasconi - Lazio

Montefiascone and surrounding villages

Montefiascone was an ancient little hilltop town that felt like we had the whole place to ourselves with no other tourists. The views over the Bolsena Lake were beautiful from the top of the town. We did lots of running, eating(of course), piano playing(there was one in our airbnb) and exploring here. From here we visited Civita di Bagnoregio. The old town looks like it’s perched on top of a pinnacle when in fact earthquakes and erosion have made everything around it drop away…. Hence it’s Italian name “La città che muore” - the dying village. Old cobbled streets and tiny alleyways get you really visualizing the people of the past.
From Montefiascone we explored the towns on the lake… Bolsena, Capodimonte. More tiny alleys and cobbled walkways, castles and of course churches. Free limoncello shots after lunch was a highlight! Before the HAIL STORM…. TO BEAT ALL HAILSTORMS! The sky went pitch black, the clouds gathered and the hail rained down…… the cars on the road grew to a standstill as 15cm hail lay in less than 10 minutes! Visions of newspaper horror stories flooded our minds but thankfully we survived to tell the tale.

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Camucia and Cortona area

Wow! A old stone Tuscan farmhouse dating from 700AD greeted us along with Cristina, Giovanni (another one!) and Matteo… and what a greeting they gave us… such a caring welcome and stay that I cried when we left! The ancient Cortona hilltop village is a must if you visit the area. More cobbled streets and churches and a fort at the top. Amazing views. Lovely people and such delicious food. Wine tasting with my dad was a blast… although we did drink most of the bottles we bought in one night - which wasn’t the plan (sorry family… we drank all the presents!)
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Walking in the Tuscan Countryside
This was what I’d come to Italy to do.. And it lived up to my expectations. Green fields, old farmhouses, vineyard slopes and even a dog to keep us company on the way.
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Posted by PhilFhi travels 10:12 Archived in Italy

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