Sandra and Kurt had read about and tried to find the VinSanto Trail two years ago. We asked Maria, our hostess, about it, and she kindly offered to hike it with us. What we didn’t know us that we would retrace the exact trail to Montefollonico that we took the day before. Still, it was un bel giorno, and Maria pointed out some things I’d never noticed before, like two rocks sculpted by a local artist forty years ago into the shapes of elephants.
Maria with Sandra at a shrine by Della Robbia
At Montefollonico, we stopped to refill our water bottles from a fountain and to have refreshment at the only bar in town. From Montefollonico we found the beginning of the Vin Santo Trail, which has recently been cleared and marked more officially. It was a beautiful hike through woods and hills and over a stream. The trail winds past the ruins of several old abbeys and convents where people in the Middle Ages would stop and stay along the way. We also saw tremendous views and chatted along the way. When we got to Torrita di Siena, Maria had parked her car to take us back to Montepulciano. All in all the hike took us about four hours at a leisurely pace in the afternoon and evening, so it wasn’t hot.