Italy Less Trodden….Part 2

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?

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15 comments

  1. Sonel

    Wow! I love them all, especially the rainy ones. They do have a certain kind of “atmosphere” in them if you know what I mean. 🙂 Thanks for sharing hon! *hugs*

  2. Pat

    What a beautiful place, Sue. We had some cold nights this past week (like almost freezing) and I was going past one of our small neighborhood lakes as the sun was rising and there were vapors coming up from the water. It was beautiful but I was running late and didn’t have time to stop. Now I regret it. 🙂

  3. Billie

    Italy… one of the most beautiful countries in the world, especially so if you’re history mad like me 😀

  4. Thank you for introducing me to somewhere new to explore.

  5. Well I should know the place quite well…as I got married there 😀
    Bagno Vignoni belongs to the town of San Quirico d’Orcia, where my wedding church is located.
    It’s just 9 km from Pienza, another amazing place.
    The whole area, called Val d’Orcia, lists some of the most beautiful towns in Italy for scenery, food and wines: Montepulciano, Montalcino, Monticchiello, Sant’Antimo Abbey…it’s a gem

    • Indeed, we stayed in San Quirico, visited Montalcino, Sant Antimo abbey, etc, etc..I love the Val d’Orcia. Took loads of photos! The Crete Senesi was something else..

  6. Beautiful place and beutiful photos Susan. Have a nice Sunday!
    Ciao
    Anna

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