Wednesday October 16th Ponte-d'Arbia to Montalcino! about 23 km
we left Ponte-d'Arbia at 8 am, there's a very light misty rain that looks as though its going to clear soon- and it does!
Today has been one of my favourite days of walking, this is a very special area of Tuscany, with beautiful rural scenery, farms, fascinating old stones houses, Castellos and villages!
We had a lovely easy walk from Ponte d'Arbia, through farms and tracks
we enjoyed a good break for caffe doppio and pastries, a wander through the old streets,
We spend the next several hours of wandering through the hills of amazing Toscana.
We've decided to head off the direct Via Francigena and walk to the village of Montalcino. We're so close, it seems a shame to miss it. It's only about 5 km off the current official trail.
Hand picking the famous Grapes that make the Montalcino Brunello wines!
And I'm so glad we made the decision,
Entering Montalcino from the "rural side" through portal ... (oops, I've forgotten the name... the opposite end of town to the Fortezza, near Piazza Cavour)
The Madonna d Soccorso church
Inside the church
Montalcino has stunning, commanding views of the surrounding countryside.
beautifully maintained old stone houses.
One of the reasons I love this village, is that it's only a little touristy, still a very much "real" hilltop village, with its roots in agriculture, vineyards, olives, ortos.... full of locals going about their everyday working lives, kids going to school etc...
We thought we'd booked pilgrim accommodation, but when we finally find where we are staying, it turns out we had a communication breakdown... the pilgrims hostel is full, there is room in the B&B pilgrims price of 70€ - the house and room are gorgeous- we're happy to treat ourselves for a night!
in Quartiere Borgetto, Montalcino!
Evening Passiagata around Montalcino
Our Accommodation tonight; fantastico!
Il Palazzo B&B
Via Panfilo dell'Oca, 23
There is now pilgrims accommodation in Montalcino about 2 km from town
Parrochcia di Sant'Egidio
3476551251 Daniela Baldelli