During the Middle Ages, tunnels have been excavated in the travertine, where Massa Marittima has been built on, to guarantee water supply of the Fonte dell’Abbondanza, a building constructed and decorated by fresco’s during 1265. These tunnels had a strategical importance for the city, especially during sieges since they were the only source of water supply. In the tunnel, 270 m. long and 1,90 high, wells have been dug to collect the by the rocks filtered water.
At the end of July we went to Bagni San Filippo, east of the Monte Amiata. Several small thermal springs flow together in the Fosso Bianco, where it is possibile to take a relaxing warm bath (gratis!….). At the end you find the Balena Bianca (white whale), a huge snow white rock completely covered with calcareous sediments. …more photo’s on facebook
Sunday 12 February 2017
We left immediately after lunch and headed for Cala Violina, situated between Punta Ala and Follonica. We parked our car and started hiking first through the Mediterranean woods and after along the coastline, enjoying the stunning view of the Gulf of Follonica on one hand and Cala Violina (foto) on the other. The trail is about 5 km and quit easy just slightly sloping. More photo’s on facebook……
A stunning view over the Val d’Orcia from the watchtower of Campiglia d’Orcia, a small village on our way back home to Il Granaio.
Sailtrip to the Formiche di Grosseto, small islands in front of Marina di Grosseto 9 miles away.