Gambassi Terme is located on a (very) hilly ridge 35 km from Florence. Its mixture of natural beauty, historical buildings, visible pieces of the past (as well as its location on the VF) make it a very worthwhile place to visit.
Distance Walked: 27.5 km
Time: 8.5 hours (including rest breaks)
Accommodation: Ostello Sigerico
Address: Parish church of Santa Maria a Chianni 26, 50050 Gambassi Terme
Telephone: Tel. 0571639044 – 3247968837
Email: ostello.sigerico@yahoo. com
Cost: 17 euros per person (22 euros if bedding and towels are required)
Dinner and Breakfast: 13 euros (combined)
Summary: Today began with a big climb (which I was prepared for), and then non-stop hills continued for the rest of the day (I had totally missed that memo)! Despite this, I thought that I was fine throughout the hike…until we got to our PRIVATE room and NO-SHARE bathroom (hoorah) and two hours later, I still can’t move from the bed. Seriously, I cannot!
The true rock star is Richard, not only is he doing this with an injured knee, he also has a bad cold. He just grinds through without complaining. He allows himself to get lost in the stunning panoramic views, the cool pieces of history coming to life, the people we meet along the way and the kindness of others. (If it were me, I would totally complain!) Speaking of kindness, we saw a few of these little first-aid cabinets for hikers today. Yesterday, we saw free fruit and cookies for hikers just before San Miniato Basso. No donation jar was present. The thoughtfulness was very inspiring (and greatly appreciated).
Here are a few pics from the rest of the day. The final photo is of our laundry (currently drying).
Unfortunately, the most panoramic views escaped the ability of my iPhone (and its user).
Tomorrow’s Destination: San Gimignano (if I can get off of the bed)!
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