Archive for dicembre 2011

Città della Pieve

dicembre 8, 2011

Beatrice graduated from the university a coulpe of weeks ago and now she’s a nurse. Of course, this event deserved a proper present, and I thought it would be nice to “give” her a special week end. Since we share a love for travelling and for  rural  contests and environments I thought a week end in a farm might be the right way to spend some good time together. A “B&B” or an “agriturismo” was the solution. But we also like a friendly and unformal contest, so I immediately thought about WWOOF, and I looked for an accomodation on that organization, expecially in Umbria and Tuscany, places reasonably close, that  I love. There were several good choises, and in the end I picked a farm in Città della Pieve, called Cimbolello. It offered a whole flat, a little one, with a bedroom, the bathroom and a kitchen: just perfect. I also loved their business, with wine, olive oil, and cheese. Their interest for greenbuildiong (they follow this way to build the two flats they rent) and their lots of connection with alternative and sustainable subjects and organizations. Thinking about WWOOF spirit, when I called them to book the flat, I even ask them if we could have the saturday night dinner together, and in the end, we had it, they invited us to their home, and we had a lovely meal with a very pleasant conversation about them and us, our volunteering in england and Italy, their business, their projects to get a better self sufficiency, their interest in movement such as Genuino Clandestino, just to say the first who get on my mind. This was just after a lovely afternoon too: when we got to their farm Luisa at first, and Francesco later too, showed us the farm, the buildings, the rooms where they store their goods and the wine, the sheep and the special politunnel where they stay and much more. They suggested to visit Città della Pieve, which is a very nice place too, just a couple of Km from their farm.

Città della Pieve

Città della Pieve

At the tourist office we were told about some Spa, really close to the town, where we could have a warm bath in outdoor pools even in the night. So, after dinner, at a reasonable time, we lead to the Spa, and we enjoyed the warm water for quite  along time, in the night, with a nice steam which came from the water, and a bit of rain too.

Terme di San Casciano in Bagno

Terme di San Casciano in Bagno

I often heard about nightly bath in Saturnia, maybe the most famous spa in Tuscany, and I wished to try. Even if not in that spot, this nightly bath of our was really cool.

The day after, we left the farm after spending some more time with Francesco and his family, and we went to Chiusi, where we were told we could find some good Etrurian itinerary. We were lucky to find a large fair down the new city, and some interesting spot up the old one. We couldn’t visit the Etrurian Tombs in the countryside, but we could see the tunnel the Etrurian dig in the city underground. Under the city of Chiusi there’s a real labirint from the Etrurian time, which was made to collect the water necessary for the people in Chiusi.

Cunicolo Chiusi sotterranea

Cunicolo Chiusi sotterranea

It was a really interesting taste of our past, back even before the roman time. It would be great to learn and see some more about this , visiting some other spot expecially in Tuscany. I already visited Volterra, for example, but I’m sure there’s much more to see.