When I plugged Pisa and Siena into Via Michelin (bike option) at the campsite last night – there was a desktop computer available for campers – it came up with the route I’m now following. Montopoli In Val d’Arno immediately stood out as an potentially interesting place simply because of its name. And indeed it is! 30 kilometres east of Pisa (although I’ve actually cycled nearer 40 so far the morning – the usual story of finding it very difficult to locate the correct exit from a town and in the case of Pisa, I’m not at fault – the signs were wrong!!), it announces itself, in four languages, as a 10th Century medieval town. I’m not sure it is up there in the list of must see Tuscan places but it is nice to arrive in a little town before the rest of the tourists (I’m still one myself), just as the place is waking up and the sun in climbing into the blue sky…. I’ll have a cycle around before finding the correct exit (the same thing really) before heading off for what I think are some hills and Siena beyond that.
P.S. Why would the hotel opposite me be called ‘4 Gigli’? What is a giglo and why four of them?