So this past weekend I finally got to travel a little and I went to Tuscany. It’s not ridiculously far from us here in Tortona, but it was 4 hours in the car. I stayed in a little hotel in Montalcino and it was very pleasant- air conditioning FINALLY! The first day we went to the hot springs, which unfortunately I don’t have a photo of but I managed to find one online. Some of the pools here are hotter than others. The lower ones, since they are further away from the source were cooler, probably about 75-80 degrees. But we decided to climb up the giant calcification mountain (sorry mom) and the water was 100-105 degrees there. This hot spring is called San Filippo and it is free, but it is quite a hike down to it and it can be dangerous without the right shoes. Overall it was a great first day.
The second day was also dedicated to the hot springs. But first, here are some photos from the hotel.
My view at breakfast
Breakfast options (I could get used to this!)
So we went to different hot springs the second time. These were much larger and the pools were deeper, but the water wasn’t as hot, even as you got closer to the source. The top is my photo from the source waterfall, it was inevitable that a bunch of people would be in the shot. I also found the bottom photo online that provides a more complete view. These thermal baths are called Saturnia and they are also free. However, there is a bar (food and coffee not alcohol) which is nice if you’re going to be there all day and can’t bring a packed lunch.
And finally, after the hot springs I had previously reserved a tour and tasting at a winery. I have been to this winery before but my friends had not and I’m always willing to go back.
Name of the Winery
The drive up to the winery
Winery offices, where we started the tour
The beloved tasting room
And finally, we had a quick photo op after with the olive tree (they also have several hectares of olives for their olive oil)
I’m back at work now and this is my last week!
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