Distance Walked: 18 km. (Felt like 30 km…seriously)!
Weather: Sunny and HOT (highs of 32 C).
Route: Steep climbs up and down all day long. (Richard’s iPhone recorded us as climbing the equivalent of 51 floors. Once again, it felt like much more).
Walking Time: 8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., including two long breaks, and one minor tantrum on my part (blush here).
Views: Absolutely stunning!
Feature Photo: Taken from our bedroom balcony.
Accommodations: Le Due Torri, Via Della Bonaria 2, 53023. Tel: 349-508-9426. Cost: 55 euros for double room, shared bath. Central location. Nice!
Castiglione d’Orcia: Perched on top of a steep hill, Castiglione d’Orcia offers breathtaking panoramic views, charming stone houses, sloping streets and a 15th Century cistern in the Town Square. Castiglione is the province’s capital.
Summary: We have continued to shorten the “suggested legs” for this part of Tuscany. Due to today’s intense heat and steep climbs, we are very glad that we did. Castiglione d’Orcia is a short uphill stretch off of the Via Francigena Trail. Our VF Guidebook listed Podere Rossello as an affordable place to stay (23+ euros per person). When we phoned two days ago, they were already fully booked for the next seven days. Agriturusmo Passalacqua was also recommended, but was a bit further out. Once again we went with a last minute Booking.com special and once again we were pleasantly surprised!
Although this was one of our shorter km days, it was the most challenging for me so far. Tomorrow we have a 26 km day with the same predicted temperatures. Our goal is to leave in the early morning to help beat the heat.
Here are a few of today’s pics: