June 23, 2013, 08:09 PM
July 8 to July15 Castiglion Fibocchi (AR) - Italy
We have booked an apartment in Castiglion Fibocchi and we will have a rental car. A few years ago, we spent a week in Umbria, and loved living among the locals. We spent our days visiting nearby villages, and most evenings, we did simple cooking in our apartment. We hope to do the same in Tuscany. We have visited Florence in the past, so probably won't want to go there for more than (perhaps) one day. Otherwise, we are looking for places to visit near where we are staying. We just saw the Movie "Under Tuscan Sun", so we want to visit Cortona, but we don't know what else is in the area, and what things there are to see there. We are photographers, and like shooting pictures of local life, and culture. We would appreciate any suggestions of inexpensive lunch places, and interesting things to see and do.
June 26, 2013, 07:34 PM
lots to see in the area - to the south, west and east :)
You are in the perfect area for going to see Cortona where "Under the Tuscan Sun" is set.
July is a perfect month as there are many summer events going on all over in most of Tuscany in every village, small and large.
As for places to head to in the area to the south:
Arezzo for sure
Pienza, San Quirico, Montalcino - in the Val d'Orcia
to the north-east:
head into the Casentino valley and visit the hermitage of Camaldoli
Chiusi della Verna
the castle of Poppi
to the north:
and the area of Le Balze around Castelfranco di Sopra
to the west:
Siena and the area of Chianti :-)
As for inexpensive lunch places, there are so many in each town it is really hard to make lists.
Each town usually has a range of nicer restaurants to more informal trattorias - I always recommend asking locals for their recommendations, you'll get reviews of their favorites
they will also tell you wish ones are more inexpensive or good value for quality/quantity!
June 27, 2013, 02:35 PM
Re: lots to see in the area - to the south, west and east :)
Thanks, this is exactly the kind of information I've been looking for.
Originally Posted by Lourdes
June 27, 2013, 03:56 PM
you're very welcome, hope you have a blast on your visit and come back to Tuscany again, exploring another area, such as the Maremma