the side door of the castle, which we wouldn’t see until crawling through a briar patch
T the same group of trekkers that we joined for our tour of Giardino dei Tarocchi invited on another “walk”. Ready for a little exercise, and a little tour, we accepted, and began our day early with a drive through the beautiful rolling Tuscan hills. We passed old villages that time forgot and about an hour or so later arrived at our destination.
The second we got out of the car, I realized I didn’t dress warm enough… but that problem was quickly solved by “walking”. I use the term loosely because, man, it was a HIKE. Along the way to the top of the mountain, we stopped at a couple of marble quarries, where once upon a time, they mined the rose colored marble for the floors Siena’s Duomo.
After we arrived at the top of the mountain, we enjoyed the views for a brief moment. I sat down on a rock, and noticed beside me a million lady bugs, all nestled in the cracks of the rocks. i’ve never seen so many! Our guide pointed out that we still had some hiking to do, and the Castle, our destination was another mountain away.
We walked back down and around the ridge, when we lost the trail. We ended up having to crawl (yes I said it CRAWL) up an animal path back to the main road. It was very entertaining… it would have been down right funny if the little bushes weren’t covered in mean prickly thorns!
Finally, we arrived at the abandonded Castle and had a nice picnic lunch, complete with some “Saint’s Wine” that our Italian friend’s father made. The castle is now abandoned but once housed the powerful Bishop who oversaw the silver mines don’t think we didn’t go there too. down below.
We had our picnic and wine then all laid around in the sun for a quick siesta. Re-energized, we began our quick “walk” up ANOTHER mountain to find the silver mines. By the time we had arrived it was late afternoon (we started climbing the first mountain about 9.30am) and the wind was whipping around something fierce. It didn’t stop us… no siree! We all got out our flashlights and headed into an old abandoned cave-like mine. It was very cool.
By 5pm we were all tuckered out and ready for the trip back home. Needless to say, Todd and I were in bed by 9.30!