Where We Be
Pitigliano, Italy
Pitigliano is dramatically situated atop tufa cliffs
and seems to "grow" right out of the rocks.
Each evening the town is beautifully lit with
artificial lights from below. Seeing it perched in  
isolation and glowing golden as darkness
deepens all around it is remarkable.

If you're ever in the neighborhood, we suggest
having dinner on the terrace at "al Grottino,"
an unpretentious restaurant with great pastas
and meat dishes, and, just steps away, a view of
Pitigliano you'll never forget. Watch the night
deepen and Pitigliano begin to glow and you'll
remember (again) why you love Italy so much.

Pitigliano is in southern Tuscany, perhaps a bit
off the beaten tourist path, but that's changing
quickly. We "gypsy moths" can't resist its glow!
As dusk falls, we have the perfect view at an overlook just a few steps from "al Grottino's" terrace
Pitigliano rises up precariously from the tufa cliffs and seems to grow right out of the rocks
Magic!
At full dark, Pitigliano becomes a golden city floating in solitary splendor
Typical "cul de sac" in Pitigliano with a few small homes and lots of flowers
Suffering through another hard day in Tuscany!
The two main streets in the historic part of Pitigliano are pedestrian-only and meet at both ends, allowing for a "circle walk" past houses like these
We stayed for three nights at "Il Tufo Rosa," a comfortable lodging in the
heart of Pitigliano in what was once an old bastion of the Orsini Fortress
This "Via Cava" is a sunken road sculpted by ancient inhabitants
through the soft tufa rock; it is located five minutes outside of Pitigliano
We enjoyed alfresco dining on the patio at "al Grottino" near sunset
Spaghetti putanesca at "al Grottino"
Todi
We visited the lovely Umbrian hill town of Todi on the way to Pitigliano -- our visit was all too short and we definitely want to go back!
Todi is steep but there are level sections once you get up from the base. This park offers a nice level walk with fantastic views over the countryside.
We immediately liked the ambience of Todi -- the streets are quiet and filled with welcoming shops and restaurants
The Umbrian countryside between hill towns is nothing to sneeze at either
Orvieto
We passed the Tuscan hill town of Orvieto on our way to Pitigliano -- here we're seeing it "edgewise" so it seems smaller than it is
This is Orvieto head-on. We visited this hill town during our last trip to Tuscany but had forgotten what a dramatic setting it occupies.
Sovana
Tiny Sovana is just a few miles from Pitigliano -- we found it pleasing, with a wide main street and a welcoming quietness
Sorano
Sorano is also just a few miles from Pitigliano and almost feels like a mini-Pitigliano with its tufa cliffs and brooding air
Looking down on the jumbled roofs of Sorano from the town's high point