Subject: Re: Small Town Italy
Hi Brenda I'm really hesitant to share this "little secret" but I will because this is the Zine and that's why we are here after all...San Casciano dei Bagni. It's a really tiny town about an hour or so north of Rome. Originally on the Roman soldiers route, an Etruscan village founded on the merits of the waters. Small centre of town, two restaurants, two small grocery stores. We stayed there for two weeks and travelled as far as Siena (a big day out) on our day trips. What a lovely spot. The residents are very relaxed - not many tourists go there, mostly Italians who visit the spa, which is well worth a day visit. There are two hotels (again very small) but the village opens up the area to many interesting towns and villages - Montalcino, Montepulciano, Val D'Orcia in Tuscany, or Spoleto, Orvieto, Assisi, Cortona in Umbria). When in Italy we always drive straight from the airport to spend our first night in Spoleto - helps us get over jet lag and the Hotel Gattapone is very, very special. First night in Italy, we eat truffles and pasta and buy great olive oil. What a treat - makes us feel like we've arrived.

We'd been to Italy a dozen times before we found San Casciano, this little corner of heaven. So there, I've shared it ... Lucy