Subject: Travel in Tuscany: Siena Hilltowns
A Ziner mentioned Monticchiello - we stopped by there this morning for a few minutes and it is one of the prettiest hilltowns of all. Cypress trees line the road in all directions for miles as you enter this village. Today is the festa of the 25th of April in Italy - the liberation day of Italy after WW2, and we, as did nearly everyone else in Tuscany took a morning drive and had lunch out. Not far from Monticchiello is La Foce with some of the most gorgeous formal gardens in Italy - their wisteria is the most magnificent I've seen here. Just below La Foce is a small little osteria called Oasi La Foce - which several of our Italian friends here have been trying to get us to go to. We had lunch there today and they were right - great food, great price. Whereas so much was closed today for the festa, Oasi La Foce, which is normally closed on Wednesdays was open - what can we say It's Italy. Again, Leslie's list was great, although I've been saddened to see the over-commercialization of Cortona over the last 2-3 years. We were just like Leslie in our love of Tuscan hill towns, so much so that we just stayed.

Bill Sutherland Montefollonico, Italy