For this post, I am putting up some images of one of my favourite places..the medieval hamlet of Bagno Vignoni, in Tuscany, Italy. It used to be well off the beaten track, but I think it is becoming more ‘known’ now.
I first came across this place some years ago as a result of watching Andrei Tarkovsky’s film ‘Nostalgia’…in which another øf my favourite places also appears (but I had already visited this in the early ’90s, the great Gothic ruin of the Abbazia di San Galgano).
The best time to visit is late or early in the year, when the mornings are cold and the steam rises up from the sulphur bath that is the village square. A friend and I stayed early one March, arriving in the evening of a very dismal day,and were greeted with an almost surreal sight of the hamlet in sulphurous mist. But we had the most marvellous place to stay, the Locanda del Loggiato right in the square. On that wet, cold evening, the welcoming fire in the lounge was just what we needed. I got up at 6.30am the following morning in order to get some photographs….keen, or what?