14.-21. June ... a week with the SL in Tuscany

As the movie "under the Tuscan sun" is Cynthia's favourite and we watched it during our first "meeting" in March 2006, it was always a dream of Cynthia to visit Tuscany ...

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... so we made a week free and took the old SL down to Tuscany. This was sort of special, because Thomas mentioning his "viagra replacement" kind of started our relationship ... here a photo on the "Spluegen" pass in Switzerland, 2300m above sea level, crossing the border to Italy ... not bad for a 22 year old car ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... on the other side we drove down to Lake Como (here a photo taken from the pass) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... where we had our first stop on the way to Tuscany. We had booked a hotel in a little village directly at lake Como ... here us at dinner there.
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next day we drove to Cortona, Tuscany (where the movie was done) ... nearly exactly 1.000km from Weinheim. Approx. 100km from Cortona we left the highway and took little windy roads along the countryside ...
... finally we arrived in Cortona (struggled to find the hotel!) and checked-in the hotel "San Michele", directly in the centre.
Photo taken from our room window to the right ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and here to the left, where you can see the beautiful countryside of Tuscany (the city of Cortona is on a mountain).
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). After check-in we went for a walk and came across a plaza with a wonderful view ... in the back of the photo (top right) you can see the lake "Lago di Trasimeno"
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). As we also used an old travel guide from Thomas' dad (from 1988), we found this hidden authentic restaurant, where we had our first dinner ... superb pasta and - surprisingly - a bottle of wine!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next day we had a long walk around Cortona exploring narrow alleys (very steep!) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here another one (restaurant del teatro). We walked up to the top of the mountain (with a huge church) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and then had another three kilometre walk to a monastry, founded in the 13th century ... really amazing ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... of course we had to walk back the whole way ... tired as we were, we had a little lunch ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and a dinner at the restaurant del teatro (pictured above) ... yes Cynthia had three meals a day! ... as she has now added approx. 150 grams, she's on a strict diet ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next day we took the SL (roof down) and slowly drove to Siena, walked around the city centre ... here a picture of the famous plaza del campo ... ... to be honest, there are nicer "plazas" in the world, but at least they charged us a ridiculous amount for two coffees there ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here the very impressive "duomo" ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... after the long walking around, weight-enhanced Cynthia had to take a rest ;-) ... attention -> joke here!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). On the way back we took little windy roads ... roof down, warm weather, wind in the hair (or what's left on Thomas' head) ... here the look back to Siena ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and another one ... it really is beautiful!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next day we made another tour in that wonderful weather ... here the start in front of the hotel ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... after a couple of kilometres we had a look back on Cortona (not the houses on the left and right ... just look in the middle on the hill ... sorry but Cynthia told me to write this in detail ... if you have any further questions to this picture do not hesitate to contact Thomas) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). On our way to Montepulciano we came across these old ruins (attention: not the one in the car and not the one holding the camera) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... finally we arrived, where the famous wine "Nobile de Montepulciano" comes from ... here the central plaza ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here us in front of ... well ... a well ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... another nice view from the city walls ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... after buying a couple of bottles of wine there, we headed on ... here a look back to Montepulciano on the hill from the road.
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next stop was Montalcino, where the famous wine "brunello di Montalcino" comes from ... here in the background (seems all villages are on hills ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We tasted the Montalcino wine, but it was too expensive for our taste ... so we bought another one! The way back from Montalcino was another two hours on small roads ... just fantastic!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). This evening we had dinner in this restaurant, where we met a nice (!) American from Chicago ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next day it took us a very long walk to finally find the original house of the movie, Bramasole ... here it is!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Another one of our stops on this day was Arezzo ... close to Cortona ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and our final dinner in Cortona ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next morning, last stop, we drove to Pizza ehm Pisa ... we paid 15 bucks each to climb up that badly-engineered tower ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... where we had a wonderful view over Pisa ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we could identify our parked car in the streets close to the tower ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and finally - yipeeh it's over - a photo of the two of us on the Pisa tower!
Congratulations, if you had the patience to get to this point!

Bottom line: Tuscany is definitely worth a visit!