Thursday Doors, July 14

I don’t know if it’s just me, but sometimes doors find me where I’d expect anything but.

To set the scene. It’s April, my hiking – not to say mountaineering – friends are visiting, so I choose an easy, two-hour walk between Pitigliano and Sovana, two exceptional towns that I’ve visited often, just never walked from one to the other. It should take about two hours.

The path leads through something called Via Cava, tunnels carved into the earth, a legacy from Etruscans. We are deep into the Etruscan territory and by the sight of it they were all that they were rumoured to be. For example, it has still not been determined what these tunnels were for: defence, transport or something other?

The only problem, beside slippery and steep stepping stones, is the fact that this country is criss-crossed with these tunnels, and in accordance with well-known Italian organisational skills (not) you never really know where you are. Except it helps if you start at the right bridge and the right Via Cava.

Which we didn’t.

Anywayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

We had a good time, despite the fact that we were only hopping around Pitigliano and had to call amore to the rescue and he took us to Sovana by car. But I think the path I hoped to take, if seen correctly afterwards, was closed, at least officially. More investigations are in order.

This was our trek. In the captions the story as it unfolded.

Photo: a © signature mmm production

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

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30 Comments Add yours

  1. joey says:

    Amazing finds! It never hurts that you’re a wonderful photographer, the photos are brilliant. We’d get on well, I’d love to take such an adventure!

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    1. Joey, don’t know about the first, but I don’t doubt about the last one bit. 🙂

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  2. This is just amazing. The idea of Etruscans and you are treading in their footsteps, for one thing. And what scenery. I am really excited about the caves and tunnels all around. What a great hike.

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    1. Oh, Claudia, wait for when I discover the right path! 😀 I think it’s been closed since deemed dangerous, however. There are still plenty of tunnels to discover in any case.

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  3. These doors are awesome in their mystery!

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    1. Thank you, Joseph! 🙂

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  4. cwaugh212 says:

    Don’t you just love to explore?

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    1. I do, Charles, but I also like to arrive where planned, especially since lunch was waiting. 😀

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      1. cwaugh212 says:

        Just another life lesson. When things don’t go as planned, take advantage of new opportunities.

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  5. Maksi says:

    Some day you gonna discover path to the haven – if you try harder
    😉

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    1. Haven or heaven, both are good. 🙂

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    These are great doors! I like the one you featured (the last one) the best, but there are so many good ones. You always manage to collect such a good crop of doors.

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    1. Thanks, Dan. Crop is about right. 🙂 Did you catch a glimpse of my funny-cular, two posts back? I know it’s nothing compared to yours, just for curiosity’s sake.

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  7. jan says:

    Looks like a lovely walk! I especially like the last door.

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    1. Thank you, Jan, it was. 🙂

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  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    That is the kind of hike/doorscursion I would enjoy too. You found some wonderful ones in this batch. I’m with Dan; I LOVE that last one 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Norm. Truth be told, I was looking forward to some relaxing in nature after doors left and right in towns, but then I had to shoot doors again! 😀 But it was lovely in any case.

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  9. These are great! It looks like a beautiful hike with lots of history & mystery 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Amy, it was! 🙂

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  10. What an amazing hike! I almost envy the Etruscans. Lovely collection of doors, Manja.

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    1. Jean, I’m sure they had quite a few things going. 🙂 Thanks!

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  11. joannesisco says:

    What a wonderful hike!! This is one adventure I would love to go on. It looks beautiful.
    I don’t know how you manage to find doors on a hike! Well done 🙂

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    1. Hihi, Joanne, telling you, they are following me! It was a lovely hike, but I’d still love to get on foot to Sovana one day.

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  12. Wow, that was some hike! I just wonder when the last time these tunnels were used? Do you think during the war? Does anyone in the area know about them, that you could interview? I would like to read more about it!

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    1. There is more info on them online, I have not yet studied them much but for sure others have. As for interviews – an introvert here. I like talking to dogs. And donkeys. And the moon. 😉

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  13. I love these doors… so interesting. Makes you want to open them.

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    1. Thank you, Little Voice. I don’t think the inhabitants would be happy if you did that though. 😉 They must hide lovely wine and prosciutto in there…

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