A group of my SlowTrav friends are leaving soon to spend a week together in Montisi, a charming hilltown just north of Pienza (Tuscany, Italy). Several years ago we spent three weeks in a house that looked out onto Montisi and loved being in this area. You are close to several great towns – Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico d’Orcia, Montalcino – and lots of beautiful smaller towns. You can soak your feet in the natural hot springs that run through Bagno Vignoni, see the Sodoma frescoes in Monte Oliveto Maggiore, hear the monks chanting in Sant’Antimo, go up to Siena for a day trip.
Beautiful countryside, charming towns, art, walking trails, great restaurants – everything you need for a perfect vacation.
Who is going on the trip?
- Gail Hecko runs tours to Montisi, where a group of people stay together in a large, luxury villa and tour the area together – Gail’s Great Escapes. For this tour, a group of her SlowTrav friends signed up!
- Palma and Brad are doing the cooking for the group. Palma wrote a detailed post on her blog about what she is bringing for the trip – Palma’s Passions – Packing Light … WHY?. Palma and Brad leave on Friday and are spending a week in Rome before going up to Montisi.
- Jerry and Paul from Toronto will be there for the week. Jerry blogs at Jerry’s Thoughts, Musings, and Rants. From today’s entry, it looks like he has left already!
- Sandi (Bugalu on the SlowTrav board) will also be there. She writes the Whistlestop Cafe Cooking blog.
The Montisi week is May 24 – 31. I noted it on my calendar six months ago hoping that we might just happen to be in Italy at the same time and could drop in on the group – but we won’t be. If you are going to be there that week, they are having a GTG (SlowTrav party).
This week in Montisi is going to be a lot of fun! I would love to be there with them, but at least I can follow along with them on their blogs and be with them.
Have a wonderful time in Italy – and write lots of details on your blogs!!
The photos with this post are both from Pienza, the last time we were there in September 2003. The top photo is the main piazza in the center of town. The second one is the lane behind the church where you get a lovely view.