Friday, April 18, 2014

Italian Extravaganza: Day 9

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New Years day was our day for driving around Tuscany. We woke up late because we stayed up pretty late for New Years Eve, but we got ourselves together, hopped in the car and hit the road. Our first stop was Asciano. The city was absolutely dead because it was New Years day so everything was closed. We strolled around for a little bit, took some pictures and headed back out. We took a pit stop on the side of the road for a photo op, because the rolling, green hills just go on for miles. It's incredible. Our next stop was the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Once again, the place was nearly deserted. The walk to the abbey was like the Secret Garden. The abbey was closed but we wandered around for a bit and then got back in the car. We were going to see as many places as possible before it got dark. On our next stop I think we accidentally stumbled onto an elderly home, but the view was great. Our last stop was Montepulciano. Fun fact, they filmed some of Twilight there. How they found and decided on this town, I have no idea. Although it was definitely the most populated and touristy of all of the places we visited.
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