The best way to take in the beauty of Tuscany is to go walking/running. I go alone in the mornings, and in the evenings Mirella occasionally calls up to my window “Melody,” and we head off on another adventure. She always takes me on a slightly different route than I usually go, past do not enter signs, around fences, on paths that may or may not be public. There are two main routes – one to Il Castagno, where wisteria paradise is, and one to San Donato, with panoramic mountaintop views. Walks in the rain have been especially memorable, since I typically avoid doing that at home. Cue picture dump, even though pictures cannot fully capture it.
Lago di Trasimeno off in the distance.There’s an old church at the top of the mountain that I’ve decided is best seen from a distance since there’s always a horse/cow roadblock. And a walk through the olive groves, spring flowers, and the ruins of an Etruscan church. These olive trees belong to the people of Ossaia. One family owns 50 trees, one family owns 100 trees, etc. There are no markers distinguishing the sections, as least as far as I can tell.