Saturday, June 23, 2012

Walking in Chianti

Chianti, Tuscany! Gorgeous isn’t it!

We’ve both been to Chianti on a previous trip but there's nothing like the experience of walking through the Tuscan countryside.

 In late May, we did a 3 day walk in the Chianti region. Approx. 60km in total, starting in San Fabbiano walking through Greve in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and finishing day 3 in the small town of Vagliagli. Perfect weather, perfect countryside but unfortunately not enough Chianti wine consumed!

Here’s me refueling in Montefioralle, a tiny medieval town outside of Greve in Chianti (our first night). We had a great room overlooking the main piazza, thought we were so lucky until the church bells woke us at 1am …. then 1.30am …..then 2am …. then 2.30am ….. you get the idea.

Oh well onwards and upwards, Chianti is of course very hilly and most afternoons finished with a climb of some sort (all good for the calves).

It’s cherry season!

A few for the road won’t hurt …..who’s thumb is that? …… Marino!

These 12th Century churches come in handy for a cooling rest.This little church is just outside Radda in Chianti (our night 2 stop) on our way to Vagliagli.

The weather was perfect, low to mid 20’s each day. There’s no way we could do this walk in Summer!

Marino where he is happiest! in a vineyard…

Actually I think he’s happier drinking the wine!

Marino with his Uncle Vito who was good enough to pick us up from our endpoint (there was only a limited bus service).

We spent the night with them in Rosia, just south of Siena and had dinner at a pizzeria with Vito and his wife Anna Maria. The pizza was not as good as the one in Trieste!

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