Day 5 2018-10-0 Bagno Vignoni

Day 5 Tues 2018-10-09 - Bagno Vignoni

We started another warm Tuscan day with a 3.5km walk towards the historic town of San Quirico d’Orcia. Along the way we met a winemaker, and conversed in no common language.

After a welcome breakfast, we then drove to San Quirico d’Orcia. It’s was a beautiful walled city that we wandered around, viewing old churches, gardens before settling on authentic Margareta pizza for lunch.

From our village we could see a very visible tall tower, which we later learnt was the 11th century Tentennana Tower. It’s high commanding position was a great asset over the centuries to the occupier. We drove the short distance and climbed to the top. The small village was almost car free as the 130m altitude change meant twisty, small roads.

The hamlet was built as a spa resting spot for pilgrims over the centuries. We had a very relaxing spa in luxurious Albergo Posta hotel.

Dinner was in the Osteria de Leone  restaurant downstairs. It was excellent food, and only 10m from our B&B door.

This was the perfect place to relax and recover after L’Eroica.

 Part of the 2100km pilgrim walk from Canterbury, UK to Rome.(200km from here)

Part of the 2100km pilgrim walk from Canterbury, UK to Rome.(200km from here)

 A short stroll in the Tuscan hills

A short stroll in the Tuscan hills

 Bagno Vignoni- Our hotel was a pleasant surprise - great location and decor in this tiny hamlet

Bagno Vignoni- Our hotel was a pleasant surprise - great location and decor in this tiny hamlet

 San Quirico d’Orcia - a short distance away- another Middle Ages town

San Quirico d’Orcia - a short distance away- another Middle Ages town

 San Quirico d’Orcia- town square and markets

San Quirico d’Orcia- town square and markets

 Rocco di Tentennano - a prominent location since 12th century.

Rocco di Tentennano - a prominent location since 12th century.

 Climbing - Tentennana Tower

Climbing - Tentennana Tower

 View from the Rocca di Tentennana Tower; Bagno Vignoni centre; Note the swarm of inserts.

View from the Rocca di Tentennana Tower; Bagno Vignoni centre; Note the swarm of inserts.

 Castiglione d’Orcia, near Tentennana Tower.

Castiglione d’Orcia, near Tentennana Tower.

 The fantastic spa pools at Hotel Posta

The fantastic spa pools at Hotel Posta

 Our B&B in the evening 

Our B&B in the evening 

 The restaurant Osteria del Leone was below our B&B. 

The restaurant Osteria del Leone was below our B&B. 

 Enjoying dinner at Michelin listed Osteria del Leone in Bagno Vignoni 

Enjoying dinner at Michelin listed Osteria del Leone in Bagno Vignoni