Italians have a saying, “il dolce far niente…” which literally translates to “the sweetness of doing nothing”. For me, nothing is sweeter than aimlessly touring the Tuscan countryside south of Siena, between Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana.
Lots of open space, wooded valleys, olive groves, vineyards and a handful of small towns dotted with working farms make up the landscape. I’ve visited this area before, and will return again, as it is a fabulous home base for exploring the southern Tuscany and northern Umbrian sites.
Charming medieval San Casciano dei Bagni is a delightful borgo (medieval village) steeped in history dating back as early as the third century. One day the town’s church bells rang ominously for over 15 minutes straight ~ in honor perhaps of a beloved’s passing ~ the intense vibration of the bells resounded throughout the town and shook the earth! A very spiritual and moving experience and there wasn’t a soul around… For Whom The Bells Toll? [Read more…]