Tuscany & Umbria Blog

The Gorgacce Rentals blog has lots of useful information for the visitor to the Tuscany Umbria border, Italy. Use the category search to find specific articles on towns, art, restaurants, itineraries, activities, food and wine.

Towns In Tuscany & Umbria

Larger towns include Perugia, Arezzo, Siena and Florence. The many smaller towns you could visit include Cortona, Montepuciano, Assisi, Gubbio, Citta di Castello, Sansepolcro, Spoleto, Montefalco, Bevagna and Spello.

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Rocca Di Pierle Walk 2016

A Panoramic View From Monte Ginezzo On The Rocca di Pierle Walk With Lake Trasimeno In The Distance.
Circular Walks On The Tuscany Umbria Border At the beginning of June 2016 I took some friends on a couple of walks from my book, Circular Walks On The Tuscany Umbria Border (available for download from Amazon). Val di Pierle If you live at the western endRead more

Trattoria In Siena, L’Osteria

Antipasti at L'Osteria in Siena
Sunday Lunch In Siena At L'Osteria Trattoria L'Osteria, Siena, Tuscany A couple of weeks ago we ate at one of my favourite trattorie, L'Osteria in Siena. l'Osteria is located a short walk north of the Campo, Siena's main piazza. If you follow signs to the church ofRead more

Etruscan Necropolis & Sunken Roads

Etruscan tomb in the Parco archeologico, Sovana, Tuscany
The Sovana Parco Archeologico The last stop on our tour of southern Tuscany was a visit to an Etruscan Necropolis, a city of the dead. The necropolis is so named because there are several Etruscan tombs carved directly into the rocks here. Sovana At first we droveRead more


Pitigliano, a small town in southern Tuscany
Pitigliano, A Hill Town In Tuscany Pitigliano, A Town In Southern Tuscany Pitigliano is a small town in southern Tuscany perched on an outcrop of volcanic rock known as tufa. We visited Pitigliano as part of a Day Out In Southern Tuscany in autumn 2015. It doesn'tRead more

Saturnia Hot Springs

The hot springs near Saturnia in southern Tuscany
Saturnia Hot Springs Our Day Out In Southern Tuscany started out at the furthest point from our base on the Tuscany Umbria border. Our first stop was at the Hot Springs Near Saturnia, also known as the Cascate del Mulino. The hot water gushing from the springRead more

A Day Out In Southern Tuscany

Hot springs Saturnia, Tuscany
Saturnia Hot Springs, Pitigliano, Etruscan Necropolis & Sunken Roads Southern Tuscany Day Trip Last autumn we went on a day trip to southern Tuscany, we packed a lot in to our day out, visiting the small town of Pitigliano, the Hot Springs At Saturnia and an EtruscanRead more

Sunflowers From The Drone

Sunflowers In The Niccone Valley The Sunflower fields are out in bloom once more in the Niccone Valley. This beautiful valley has an ideal climate for growing tobacco and lots of farmhouses have small towers where the leaves were once dried. Tobacco is still grown but sunflowersRead more

Bee Orchids In The Garden At Ca di Bracco

A bee orchid in the meadow at Ca di Bracco
Bee Orchids In The Niccone Valley Orchids are a common sight every spring in the Niccone Valley. These beautiful Bee Orchids are growing in the meadow below our swimming pool, I spotted them today whilst mowing. You'll be pleased to know that I avoided them with theRead more