Tell us about one of your favorite places to stay on an Untour. Do you have a favorite host? Apartment? Village?
Le Chiuse #4
Do you have any special interests or hobbies that you follow when you travel?
explore small hill towns, food, art, architecture
Which Untours have you already done?
Tuscany North and Tuscany South
What advice would you give others considering an Untour?
just relax and have fun -- it is great to become one of the locals -- everyone is very friendly and even if you don't speak the language completely you can still communicate with hand gestures, smiles, etc.
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment (favorably!) on my travel skeches. I encourage you to "move beyond dabbling," and try your hand at drawing, then adding watercolor washes. I like the small Arches sketchbooks, hot press (smooth) is best but the cold press (toothy) is OK. I've been using Faber-Castell pens, available in art stores in 3 colors: black, sepia and tuscan brick red. After laying in he basic quick observations in brick red, I then go back over with black. The effect of the two colors can be really nice. I've been using a small Winsor Newton w/c set, and one of those little marmelade jars for the water.
Not only is this a great way to generate gifts for friends & family, but I find that sitting for 1 to 2 hours (once on a mossy rock by a Norwegian glacier!) can be incredibly calming for a twitchy Type A like myself. Plus, it's sort of like "branding" the scene into your memory ---- you'll never forget every one you draw.
Doesn't matter if you're a beginner, for your main "client" is yourself! Have fun . . . Bob
I like Le Chiuse! It is a short walk to one of Europes most beautiful hill towns. I hope you tried it. A perk for me was that this walk got my aging cardio vascular system to pumping.
My husband and I are going to Tuscany in September to celebrate my 60th birthday. Because of the economy we are going for one week instead of two, and we are staying at Le Chuisi, where you stayed. Planning an itinerary for 7 days is a challenge. We are arriving a day early to investigate Orvieto on Tuesday and then seeing Rome for 2 days afterwards.
Cinque Terra looks fantastic and we'd like to see it. According to mapquest it's a 3 hour ride from Montalcino. We are an energetic couple and wonder if we could manage the highlights of the area in one long day.
Have you been there? Is a 3 hour ride in Italy the same as in the US?
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