Monthly Archives: September 2011


We are here in Tuscany in a hill town sitting on a ridge that separates the Val d’Chiana and the Val d’Orcia. some of the most beautiful countrysides in Italy.  We have been here in spring when the poppies carpet … Continue reading

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La Foce in the Heart of the Val d’Orcia

When we started planning this trip and decided to return to Italy, we first though to rent a place at La Foce, the Iris Origo estate in the heart of the most beautiful part of Tuscany.  The picture above, an … Continue reading

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Climbing the Torre Mangia at 67

I first climbed the Torre Mangia over 25 years ago and remember the powerful experience of slippery ancient stone steps, low ceilings, the coolness of the stone, the heat of the sun coming through the ventilation slits and the challenge … Continue reading

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