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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Bagno Vignoni June 13th 2016

We are taking 2 rest day in South Tuscany just enjoying the country side and the quiet of the Villa. On Sunday we took a short drive to La Foce found a wonderful Ristorante-Bar and enjoyed a lovely lunch with a great bottle Chianti. Afterwards we headed up the road to La Force Villa & Garden for a tour of the garden and an in-depth history lesson of the area and the philanthropic activities of the owner up to and including WW2. In 1924 Antonio and Iris Origo bought La Foce and engaged English Architect Ceil Pinsent to enlarge the house, farm, build a school and hospital and making a garden that would protect them from the harshness of the land. The garden grew gradually in 4 phases between 1924 and 1939. This was a wonderful ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Bagno Vignoni June 11th 2016

Today we head west to a Villa in South Tuscany for 3 days. On the way we stopped at the historical city of Perugia which just happened to be celebrating it’s 600th birthday. In this town you have to park down the hill and then take the many escalators up to the town centre which is full of many wonderful building. One of which is the Collegio Della Mercanzia E Del Cambio which a local merchant paid 500 gold florins to have many of the room covered in precious woods and painting, these are still fantastic today. We are now in the very small village of Bagno Vignoni (in the hills of Tuscany) staying in a 1900’s Villa. Tonight we are the only guests and the owner has left us the run of the house for ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Bagno Vignoni May 1st 2015

Thought for the day : You were born with wings , you are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings . Learn how to use them and fly. Dialal Ad-Din Rumi wrote this and it feels a little true although we have taken up the slow crawl around what is a beautiful country. We move ever so slowly down the leg of Italy. This is a truly stunning part of the world and I don’t want to fly over it as that would mean I was back home again. Our next stop was Bagno Vignoni a place we had passed many times on the road as we passed to somewhere else. It was one of those place names that sounds evocative – Bagno – a bath, something to do with water and thermal springs. ... read more
That water looked very inviting
One of the only tiny streets in the town
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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Bagno Vignoni June 17th 2010

Geo: 43.0288, 11.6188We were all rather tired after our big day at Siena, so decided that we'd take it a little easier today. We had seen (on Grand Designs – European Tour, on TV) something about thermal baths, so went to look for them. At Bagno Vignoni, we found an entire town, centred around the warm waters that burst from the earth here. Apparently, these baths have been famous for thousands of years – the Etruscans used them, Romans used them on their march north, they were a favourite stopping point in the 12th and 13th century for those on their pilgrimage to Rome, Catherina of Siena was sent here to "heal" herself of her religious fervor by her mother, and Pope Pius II also came. The tiny village (population 36) has a swimming pool of ... read more
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The warm waters at Bagno Vignoni
The main piazza, Bagno Vignoni




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