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Published: February 2nd 2016
We said goodbye to Laura our host at il monchetta b&b, after giving her a small gift to thank her for looking after us so well, to venture on the next stage of our trip which began with a drive back through Marche and into Tuscany where we stumbled upon a lovely lakeside town: Passignano Sul Trasimeno which means by the Trasimeno lake. Surprisingly again an old sector with this time 'Assisi like' architecture: probably Florence or Pisa style. As we do, we wandered here and there taking heaps of photos and checking out any 'vendesi' signs! Michael reckons we found a good one with views over the lake but we don't know how much: yet. Downside was expensive coffee! 2euros each where most places were 1 or 1:50. Upside: cafes and restaurants everywhere like st kilda but with beautiful views.
Dragging ourselves away we proceeded to San Gamignano and found our accommodation which is always a challenge in these hillside old cities. Flat maps are hard to equate to hilly terrain with steep roads, one way streets and steps everywhere. The journey there was beautiful going through the rolling hills of Tuscany with olives groves, grape vines and artichoke
There are two islands on the lake: complete with castles
gardens. Hard not to run off the road whilst landscape gazing with jaw dropping views.
The atmosphere of Tuscany is hard to describe: there is a magical lightness about it as though the countryside is aglow..There is another vendesi here: we just need share holders!
The rest of the day was spent eating a local pizza (YUM) followed by wandering around the sights of San Gamignano: we will now let the photos speak for themself.
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