As soon as we park our bikes near one of the gateways, we understand the reason for the traffic (which is not like that of a big city or of Siena, but this is the middle of Chianti’s countryside …). A nice walk along the main street takes us directly to lunch. The delicious food and the warm welcome of our innkeepers keep our cheerfulness up. Later, full of energy, we walk to the famous Torre Grossa (trans. Big Tower) that dates back to 1311 and that, with its 54 meters of height, is still the town’s symbol. The 360° view from the top is unique. We are particularly grateful to San Gimignano’s city council who welcomed us and accompanied us for part of our visit, showing attention to a category which is sometimes mistreated.
We start to crave curves again so we decide to leave for Siena, name and place that need no presentation but which require a stop for an aperitif in Piazza del Campo - the main square of Siena - before heading back.
Our second day is finished but we already look forward to the next morning.
The third day is totally dedicated to the area most photographed and loved by movie stars: the Val d’Orcia (trans. Orcia Valley). Included in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2004, Val d’Orciais a union of art and historical and landscaping culture. Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San Quirico d’Orcia are only a few of the splendid towns within its territory, unique for its sceneries that immediately place it at the top of the list of the whole tour.
Unfortunately, the weather isn’t on our side raining cats and dogs for most of the morning. Wet but smiling we reach our destination, Pienza, in time for lunch. Perched on the top of a hill, Pienzaenjoys a strategic position dominating the Val d’Orcia an offering a breathtaking scenery. The low rolling hills and the landscape that surround it have drawn the attention of famous film directors and movie stars, amongst whom Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe in the famed The Gladiator.