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Thursday Doors, March 31, 2016

Montisi, Italy Garden Center

Montisi, Italy Garden Center

 

Montisi, Italy Door

Montisi, Italy Door

Today for my first entry of Thursday Doors, I am presenting the doors of a garden center in Montisi, Italy! This was a long, narrow, building with several doors, where flowers and trees were lined up for viewing and sale, in this very small village in Italy! It just goes to show you doors and flowers go together, and women are women, they want a garden or patch of flowers! If you are looking for an authentic Italian, Tuscan, Hilltop Village you have come to the right place! Montisi, population 500, even offers a unique, guided map for a tour of their village! For a look at more of my favorite Italian Doors in Montisi, look Here! Enjoy!

I have over 37,000 photos in my Collections and I swear half of them are DOORS! So you will see me here a lot!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

Traipsing Through Tuscany- San Casiano dei Bagni

Today head south through the beautiful Tuscan hillside to the village of San Casiano dei Bagni.  The village was discovered by the Etruscans and known for the abundant (42) thermal springs which were later developed by the Romans. There are still  5 star spas to be found here!

The Drive to San Casciano dei Bagni

The Drive to San Casciano dei Bagni

 

San Casciano dei Bagni, a hill town overlooking the Val di Paglia, springs from a thick woods of oaks, chestnuts and ancient pines. The medieval village reveals a labyrinth of narrow roads winding around a church. Today the main entrance from the south, the “Porta,” leads to the Piazza Matteotti, where there are spectacular views of the valley below. There is also Ristorante Daniela, located right on the piazza. I was drawn to the charming cave-like ambience. Greeted by Daniela herself, we were delighted with the specialties of the house. Our meal of Tuscan ham, cheeses, homemade soup and pasta, was washed down with good local wine. Enjoy a day in San Casiano dei Bagni!

 Ristorante Daniela is located at 6 Piazza Matteotti, San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy.

 

Traipsing Through Tuscany- Montisi

Montisi

Montisi

Montisi

The hill town, Montisi, population 500, is an ancient Etruscan necropolis.  As small as it may seem, the village is divided into four communities, each represented with their own flag. The Castello is the area of the medieval castle.  The Piazza, is the flat area located near the castle.  San Martino is in the northeastern part of the village and the Torre, takes the name of the Tower of the Grange of Santa Maria della Scalla (a farming estate owned by a monastery), which was destroyed by retreating German troops in 1944.

The Civic Tower and the Colonna, in Two Different Districts

The Civic Tower and the Colonna, in Two Different Communities

Civic Tower and the Colonna

Civic Tower and the Colonna

Walking up the small hill to the restored tower, currently, the Grange is a private home built around two main courtyards, with a small theatre used for shows and concerts.  It was here that a clay hand-made map was posted on the wall to point the way around the narrow streets in a circular fashion to locate all the sites on the hill.  It reminded me of a scavenger hunt map! See the chunks of terra cotta on the wall? Following the terra cotta signs, the lane reminded me of the Stations of the Cross along a beautiful garden walk!

Pieve of the Santissima Annunziata

Pieve of the Santissima Annunziata

The Pieve of the Santissima Annunziata

The Pieve of the Santissima Annunziata

The Map

The Map

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Markers on the Montisi Walk

Mother Mary Pray for Us

Mother Mary Pray for Us

The Walk in Montisi

The Markers on the Walk in Montisi

Streets of Montisi

Streets of Montisi

Main Walk Montisi

Main Walk Montisi

Walking Montisi

Walking Montisi

The Only Cat in Town!

The Only Cat in Town!

Returning to the lower ground of the village there is now a frescoed wall playground, the ruins of castle walls, and beautiful flowers, doors and windows. We spent a lovely afternoon in Montisi!

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