After a wonderful Tuscan meal for my birthday last night and a good nights rest at our hotel we headed out about 8:45 this morning. The walk was a relatively short 14 miles but our google maps showed an almost straight up incline at the end of the day with a 2300 ft climb. We weren’t looking forward to the end of today’s walk.
The first half of the walk was easy and we made our usual halfway stop for a sandwich, chips and a coke. It was a lively place. One of the ladies behind the bar was singing. John said it was a bit early for a karaoke night. After being seranaded at lunch we were back on the road.
The entire second half of the walk turned out to be a climb. The good news was that it was a steady climb all the way to our hotel. The google map directions were wrong and we didn’t have a super steep incline at the end. The road was relatively nice the whole way as well.
The village we are staying in tonight, Montepiano is built on a pass at 2600 feet above sea level in the municipality of Vernio in the Italian region of Tuscany. The village has a population of 600, but due to tourism the population triples during the summer. It is common for people living in the nearby city of Prato to have summer homes in Montepiano.
Our hotel tonight is somewhat spartan, but it is clean and modern. It also has a restaurant. Since it is the off season for tourists and the only hotel in this town we called ahead and made sure it was open.
Thanks again for following along and we will see everyone back home one week from today!