Pescia, Tuscany and Surroundings

We checked out of our B&B (we would have stayed longer but they only had one room and someone else had booked it) and decided to drop by the tourist office.  The lady there suggested a place just outside of town that was spectacular.  We checked in (they gave us a suite) and decided to ride the “10 Castles ride” up into the hills. I really liked that ride.  The first stop was Fibbiala.  The only person in the place was Ticciano, who was working on the door of the church.  He motioned us to walk around which we did.  We then went into the church.  It actually was very neat with an organ in back.  We didn’t get the history because Ticciano did not speak English and we did not speak Italian.  We did find out there were 26 people in Fibbiala. Ticciano then insisted we go up into the bell tower, which he opened for us.  Nice.  Great view from up there.  It was a little scary getting up there.  The bells are all still there.  BIG bells. We then commenced with the loop.  More churches.  I think the castles must really be fortified churches.  Some of them barely have any windows. We had a nice lunch just before Pontito and then made our way back along the other side of the valley. The ride wasn’t long but it actually is a whole lot of climbing.  We made it back to our sweet suite by 5 or so.

The church in Fibbiala.  That is Ticciano scrambling to get his stuff out of the way so I can take a picture.  Sorry, I want you in the picture!
The church in Fibbiala. That is Ticciano scrambling to get his stuff out of the way so I can take a picture. Sorry, I want you in the picture!
The Church in Fibbiala was a lot more than I expected.  Not much on the outside, but the inside was really nice.
The Church in Fibbiala was a lot more than I expected. Not much on the outside, but the inside was really nice.
Chantal asking Ticciano about the way out.  It is a steep ride up.  Sorry, only one way out and it is down.
Chantal asking Ticciano about the way out. It is a steep ride up. Sorry, only one way out and it is down.
Ticciano demonstrating a noise maker for processions.  You crank the arm and it makes a racket.  All wood.  Noisy, but interesting.  It did not look new.
Ticciano demonstrating a noise maker for processions. You crank the arm and it makes a racket. All wood. Noisy, but interesting. It did not look new.
The view from the Bell Tower
The view from the Bell Tower
Not many windows in this one!
Not many windows in this one!
One of the "castles".
One of the "castles".
This is the bedroom of our suite.  About 25 ft square with big beams holding the roof up..  There also is a sitting room about a third the size.  We are in an old converted paper mill.  There is a river right outside the windows.  We didn't ask for this, but it is nice!
This is the bedroom of our suite. About 25 ft square with big beams holding the roof up.. There also is a sitting room about a third the size. We are in an old converted paper mill. There is a river right outside the windows. We didn't ask for this, but it is nice!
The view out our windows.  There are people fly fishing on this river.
The view out our windows. There are people fly fishing on this river.

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  • Chantal Briere

    I may never leave this wonderful hotel