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  1. November 2009
  2. AndyinItaly reviewed Monticchiello in Tuscany, Italy

    Between Pienza and Monticechiello is a much photographed road that zigzags up and down a bright green hill between tall, narrow cypress trees. You don't have to ride via this road, but it's a much immortalised image of Tuscany and very photogenic &ndash…"

  3. AndyinItaly reviewed Bagno Vignoni in Tuscany, Italy

    The Romans agreed that there's nothing quite like taking a nice hot bath after a hard day, whether you were a farmer, a centurion or a philosopher, so this spot, benefiting from its spot on the thermal spring dotted slopes of volcanic Mount Amiata was qu…"

  4. AndyinItaly reviewed Monastery of Sant’Anna in Camprena in Tuscany, Italy

    The Renaissance built Monastery of Sant’Anna in Camprena, 10 miles out of Pienza, was used as a location for the film 'The English Patient', which has made it quite famous. Before that it was loved for its frescoes and many great artists came here…"

  5. AndyinItaly reviewed Pienza Duomo in Tuscany, Italy

    Pienza's Duomo is in the centre of its piazza, which is not unusual for an Italian town. It's three sided facade, with column and arch details in the medieval style, is nothing out of the ordinary either, but the bell tower gives is a more Germanic look…"

  6. AndyinItaly reviewed Castellina in Tuscany, Italy

    On a ridge between the valleys of the Arbia, Elsa and Pesa rivers, this medieval town has a few more major sights than it's equally charming fellows – a massive fortress castle with a huge 14th Century tower, now the home of an Etruscan museum, two…"

  7. AndyinItaly reviewed Monte Oliveto Maggiore in Tuscany, Italy

    The Monte Oliveto Maggiore Benedictine Monastery is one of the largest in Tuscany, but it's the colour of it – being sunset coloured bricks against the sandy coloured soil, that makes it so memorable as far as visitors are concerned. You have to c…"

  8. AndyinItaly reviewed Crete Senesi in Tuscany, Italy

    This Tuscan region isn't quite the same colours as the rest of Tuscany – those colours that this part of Italy is famous for – the clay here, instead of being warm red shades, is more grey, which is why the region is sometimes likened to a lu…"

  9. AndyinItaly reviewed Montalcino in Tuscany, Italy

    Even without being the town the delicious red wine, Brunello di Montalcino, is made in this town deserves a little attention on a trip though Tuscany. There's been a town on this mount since the 9th century – or at the very least a monastic commun…"

  10. AndyinItaly reviewed Radicofani and its Tower in Tuscany, Italy

    Radicofani's main site is it's tower, which is perfectly square, like it's made of rose brick lego. The tower is part of the castle, which is on the towns highest point atop a hill. The rest of the castle is arranged with an external pentagonal and an i…"

  11. AndyinItaly reviewed Mount Amiata in Tuscany, Italy

    Mount, or Monte Amiata, is actually a dome of lava – and one of several – but it's also thought of as the highest point, or 'mount' in Tuscany. Nothing volcanic has happened her for the last 300,000 years, though there's still some thermal a…"

  12. AndyinItaly reviewed Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy

    Many Tuscan towns are beautiful, medieval treasures with narrow streets leading up to impressive fortress castles on hill tops. Many of them are also surrounded by lush, wine producing areas – but not all of them as as famously well endowed, eithe…"