I am loving Cetona so much that it is hard to summon up the motivation to go anywhere else! However...other towns and the countryside also beckon, so we went on a little roadtrip around southern Tuscany. August 4th was off to an absolutely breathtaking start, with a glorious sunburst of heavenly rays lighting up the sky and the beautiful scenery below our home. We had breakfast and then headed out in the car for Pienza and then Montepulciano.
Close to the Duomo is a small Francescan church, quite plain and very peaceful. There were several fresco fragments on the wall, some quite deteriorated, others in excellent condition.
This is one of my favourite photos. I was standing behind the massive stone altar, ready to snap a photo looking down through the church, and this man limped in. Love the silhouette against the light blazing through the doorway.
We left Pienza and headed along to Montepulciano, where we had lunch. And a tasty lunch it was! Mom had beef stew with mushrooms, and I had wild boar in wine sauce...washed down with wine, of course! (Although the downside of being the driver is that I can only have one glass when we're out touring around...so maybe I won't need that post-trip detox period after all! lol)
After wandering around Montepulciano, we stopped in the Temple of San Biagio, at the bottom of the hill. The light was just streaming through the windows, and I couldn't resist getting Mom to snap a photo of me standing in the light!
I had such a pleasant stroll...just me and the trees and this wonderful vista below. I am so grateful for this amazing experience. My soul felt at peace leaning against the massive stone wall, listening to the wind in the trees, watching the light dancing through the olive leaves.
How stunningly beautiful is the drive through Val d'Orcia. One runs out of adjectives to describe it! Mile after mile of rolling golden hills, cypress lined roads, shady groves overhung with branches of huge old birches or pines, beautiful stone towns atop the hills...
Eventually we headed for home...leaving behind these gorgeous fields, at least for this day. This daytrip was on Aug 4, and we are here until the 13th, so we'll see these fields again, I'm sure!