Yeah, I can’t tell you how many times I had to try to be able to remember that full name of that village – and that’s after I actually got round to pronouncing the whole thing in one go. It’s such a mouthful!

We saw Civitella in Val di Chiana from a distance away (remember the last photo from this post here) and decided to make our way towards it. As far as it seemed from below, within a few short minutes, we were in the village and rewarded with this amazing view.

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We decided to park our rickshaw and see the village on foot.

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We wandered through its charming windy streets. This may have included some uphill climbing which I’ve always felt I was allergic too. That being said, there’s nothing like the sight of a stunning Tuscan village to help you get rid of your uphill walking allergies. šŸ™‚

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The town/village (not sure which it is to be honest, Italians refer to it as aĀ commune which means something entirely different in the UK) was pretty quiet. It’s safe to say, this is perhaps as off-the-beaten track as you can get. Given the weather and the time of the year… and how beautiful it is here, you’d expect to see lots of tourists milling about and snapping photos (which is exactly what we proceeded to do) but it seemed like almost no one was around and those that were, were off on their afternoon naps.

I like a good crowd of tourists (I’ve never been one of those people that’s been bothered about having lots of people around) but despite my predilection for crowds, there was something really nice about having the village to ourselves. šŸ™‚

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It mostly meant, I could skip around the village with no one to judge me!

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And Lloyd could be left to practise his new found water-fetching skills. I swear I almost had to get a tow truck to pry him away from that thing – silly city boy had never seen one of those pumps before… and he ain’t even that ‘city’ either! šŸ˜‰

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One thing that struck me when looking over these photos again, was how distinctly orange this village was. This is one of those random things that plays in your mind over and over and would have formed the basis for one of my stupid questions to the locals… if I could find any.

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It’s very easy to get lost in the charm ofĀ Civitella in Val di Chiana and it’s one of the reasons I’m so grateful we had our Italian roadtrip rickshaw. If we’d been driving around in a car, I bet we would have just driven past this and not though to stop. We didn’t even notice it in the maps when we left the village earlier in the day.

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Before we left, we decided to soak in one more view of that amazing Tuscan countryside.

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It truly is something special isn’t it?



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