Destination everywhere

I’m letting you in on another of my lists to let you see the level of my crazy preparedness. And then I don’t go anywhere.

I like to think that my as-I-go painstakingly compiled lists – of books to read (which is here), of movies to see (which I haven’t shared yet), and this one, of places (in Italy) to visit – are the best things I can offer to the world. That is, hopefully, until I write something.

This post shares its title with a slowly growing word file where I collect my destinations neatly with the times required to get there and the general direction to take. The title comes from my favourite track from the soundtrack of the film that I loved and watched and rewatched a million times.

After switching to Windows 10, I was worried for a moment that my Google Maps had lost its saved locations. On the contrary, now they are displayed in three colours where before there was only one. It took me a while to get it: They talk! My laptop and my phone!

My position is more or less where the big purple star is and the times are shown from there. As you can see, destinations galore. 

That big island on the left is Corsica, which is already French. My territory lies between Florence at the top centre and Rome down there, covered with yellow circles (but in this post we shall leave Rome alone). A few destinations lie outside this area, for example Matera which is amazing but also 6 hours to the south.

The name of this region that stretches more or less south of Pisa all the way to Civitavecchia is Maremma, and the coast closest to me around Orbetello is called Costa d’Argento, “Silver Coast”. Not a bad place to live. At all.

And since I’m a good soul, I decided to share my list with anybody who stumbles upon this post. It is not meant to be read through, which will only yield in a multitude of names and times, but it might land a hand in choosing a trip. The list is limited to the towns I haven’t visited yet, which eliminates such jewels as Il giardino dei tarocchi, Terme Saturnia, Pitigliano, Sovana, Porto Ercole, Porto Santo Stefano, Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, to name but a few.

The way I collect the locations is by stumbling upon a lovely view or description in a blog or Facebook post, on Twitter or in an article. Sometimes it’s not more than a feeling that I’d like it there so do not blame me if once you arrive you don’t find anything special. But with this being Italy, there is not much chance of that. I wish to thank everybody for the ideas, especially Donna from The Maremma Guide.

I’ll do my best to actually visit all these places, but I have a feeling that Italy is for life and thus I’m taking it easy and slowly but surely. By posting this list I merely intend to show you how many there are. A photo of a place I’ve already experienced accompanies each general direction.

The indication Borgi più belli means that the town is part of the initiative of Italian small towns of historic interest.

I wish us all happy Italian journeys!

Around Grosseto

Etruscan archaeological site Roselle near Grosseto.
  • Bagni di Domiziano, 22 min
  • Beach Mar morto, 47 min (and all other 15+ beaches of the Monte Argentario peninsula)
  • Il Giardino “Viaggio di Ritorno”, Agriturismo Podere il Leccio, Strada Comunale di Piatto Lavato, 1, 58043 Buriano, Castiglione della Pescaia GR, 51 min
  • Il giardino dei suoni di Paul Fuchs, Strada Provinciale Montemassi, 58026 Roccastrada GR, 1h07 (Info and reservations: 0566.998221)
  • Semproniano (Gr), 1h10
  • Rocchette di Fazio, Etruscan town (GR), 1h15
  • Campagnatico, 52min (house), Massa Marittima (Porta San Bernardino), 1h12, and Batignano, 46min – Alan Rickman loved them
  • Lago dell’ Accesa, Massa Marittima, 1h01
  • Parco Naturale di Montioni, 1h06
  • Punta Ala, 1h15
  • Cala Civette – E’situata a Sud di Follonica e a Nord di Castiglione della Pescaia, tra Cala Violina e la spiaggia di Punta Ala
  • Castello di Montepò, 1h05, near Scansano
  • Roccastrada, 1h01
  • Castello di Montemassi, 59 min
  • Tatti, Grosseto, 1h10, the town of 100 doors
  • Roccatederighi, 1h05, summer months
  • remains of Abbey of San Salvatore in Giugnano on private property of Agriturismo San Guglielmo, 1h05
  • Castello tenuta BANFI località S.Angelo (GR), 1h08
  • Coordinates: 42°40′40″N 11°45′25″E / 42.67778°N 11.75694°E / 42.67778; 11.75694 Vitozza is a cave settlement located near the village of San Quirico in the municipality of Sorano, in the province of Grosseto, southern Tuscany, 1h04
  • Montelaterone; labyrinth of streets, 1h20 – Pieve di Santa Maria ad Lamulas at Montelaterone, church
  • Giardino di Piero Bonacina, Loc. Montegiovi, Via del Ponte (Castel del Piano), 1h14
  • the pastry heartland of Castel del Piano at the foot of Monte Amiata, 1h20
  • Santa Fiora (water), 1h26 (Borgi più belli)
  • Montieri (GR), 1h26
  • Riserva del Monte Penna (1h27), La Ripa di Selvena (panoramica sull’Alta valle del Fiume Fiora), “La Penna”, la cima più alta accompagnata dal Monte Nebbiaio, la Roccaccia di Montevitozzo, già nel Comune di Sorano, con la sua vastissima panoramica sulla Valle del Paglia e moooolto oltre….e la Valle del Fiora
  • Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri, Strada Provinciale Pescina, 58038 Seggiano GR, 1h30, closed on Mondays, from 11am do 8pm, 10 EUR.

Direction Livorno

Sassetta about 50 km before Livorno with an assortment of sculptures and my two friends. A post from here in the works.
  • Cura Nuova, lovely view + shop + restaurant, 59 min
  • Torre mozza, 1h06, beach
  • Circolo Nautico Carbonifera, interesting building, 1h08
  • Parco Costiero della Sterpaia, in October lovely flowers, 1h05
  • Venturina Terme, 1h12
  • Suvereto (LI), 1h22, above Folonica, if you want to chill (Borgi più belli)
  • Parco naturalistico geotermico delle Biancane, Strada Provinciale Bagnolo, Monterotondo Marittimo GR, 1h31
  • Baratti (LI), 1h23, before Populonia
  • Populonia (LI): 1h30, a bit farther from Piombino
  • Sassetta (LI): 1h34 (near the sea)
  • Bolgheri (LI): 1h36
  • Casale Marittimo, 1h39
  • Montescudaio, 1h41 (Borgi più belli)
  • Castello del Boccale, 1h48
  • Palaia, 2h21
  • Terricciola (PI), 2h18
  • Il Castello dei Vicari di Lari, 2h13

Direction Perugia

With happy Americans in Orvieto, Umbria. (*waves to Liz*)
  • Todi, 2h04
  • Deruta, museum of ceramics, 2h08, before Perugia
  • Montegiove (Umbria) 2h13,
  • La Scarzuola, Montegiove, crazy convent, 2h20
  • Panicale (Perugia), above lake Trasimeno, 2h17
  • Spello (Perugia), 2h23 – Baglioni Chapel
  • Bevagna (Perugia), 2h25
  • Perugia (Umbria), 2h27
  • Umbertide, Perugia, 2h37
  • Assisi, 2h34
  • Gubbio (Umbria) 2h48
  • Gola del Furlo a Fermignano (far, almost on the other coast), 3h29, after Perugia

Direction Siena – Firenze

With my parents in the Abbey of Santa Mustiola in Torri before Siena. It took only one photo found online to jot it down and visit. The photo looked very much like this one.
  • Site Transitoire, Str. di Leonina, 53041 Asciano SI – wicked arch, 1h45
  • Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore (above Val d’Orcia) – 1h45
  • Crete Senesi, approximately between Asciano (1h49) and Buonconvento (1h35)
  • Buonconvento (Borgi più belli)
  • Bosco Della Ragnaia, San Giovanni d’Asso, 2h
  • Locanda dell’Amorosa, Sinalunga, 1h49
  • Lucignano, Arezzo, 1h52
  • Castello di Gargonza (SI), 1h57
  • Cappella di Vitaleta, 53027 San Quirico D’orcia SI, 1h43
  • Pieve di Corsignano, Pienza, 1h51
  • Castello di Ripa d’Orcia, 1h48
  • Horti leonini, Piazza della Libertà, 53027 San Quirico d’Orcia SI, 1h35
  • Monticchiello
  • Fortezza di Radicofani, Via Marconi, 53040 Radicofani SI, 1h44
  • Bagni San Filippo, Fosso bianco, 1h48 min
  • Vivo d’Orcia, Cascata dello Scodellino (not on the map), 1h40
  • Castelluccio, Pienza (SI), 1h55
  • Cetona (SI), 2h (Borgi più belli)
  • Sarteano (SI), 1h56
  • San Casciano dei Bagni, Tuscany, 1h41 (Borgi più belli)
  • Piancastagnaio (SI), 1h40
  • Vescovado, Murlo (SI), 1h21
  • Volterra, 2h09, Roman amphitheatre
  • Monteriggioni (Siena) 1h40,
  • Castellina in Chianti, 1h52
  • Certaldo Alto, Via delle Mura, 1, 50052 Certaldo FI, 2h
  • Certaldo (FI), 1h56
  • Il borgo murato di Tignano, 1h59
  • Castello-di-Celsa, Sovicille (SI), 1h44,
  • San Gusmé (SI), 1h39
  • Castello di Brolio (SI), 1h45
  • Castello di Ama, 1h53, between Siena in Firenze
  • Castello di Meleto, Gaiole in Chianti, 1h53
  • Vertine, Gaiole in Chianti, 1h57
  • Cavriglia, 2h16, Roseto Botanico di Cavriglia “Carla Fineschi”
  • San Miniato, Chiesa del SS.Crocifisso, 2h22
  • Castello di Volpaia, Radda in Chianti, 2h08
  • Montefioralle (FI), 2h14
  • Vinci (FI), 2h32
  • Villa Medicea a Poggio Caiano, Piazza dei Medici, 14, 59016 Poggio a Caiano PO, 2h34
  • Chiesa di San Biaggio, next to Montelpuciano, 1h58
  • Montepulciano, 2h
  • Montefollonico, 1h57
  • Cortona, 2h14, near Arrezzo
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria Nuova next to Cortona, 2h11
  • Rocca di Pierle, Arrezzo, 2h26
  • Castello di Montecchio Vesponi, 2h18
  • Capannole, Via di Val d’Ambra, 39 (church), Arezzo, 1h47
  • Laterina, Arrezzo, 2h04
  • Loro Ciuffenna, Arezzo, Tuscany, 2h16, (Borgi più belli)
  • Castelfranco Piandiscò, 2h19 (Borgi più belli)
  • Pratomagno, lunar landscape, 2h54
  • Anghiari, Arezzo, 2h32 (Borgi più belli)
  • Caprese Michelangelo, Arezzo (Michelangelo’s birthhouse), 2h56

North of Florence

Giardino delle rose (Rose Garden) in Florence.
  • La Verna – Santuario Francescano, 3h13
  • Villa Medicea di Lilliano, Via Lilliano e Meoli, 82, 50012 Grassina FI, 2h17
  • Sammezzano Castle (FI), 2h36, (365 rooms, normally not open to the public)
  • Montemignaio, Arezzo, 3h07
  • Il Ponte Mediceo di Pontassieve (bridge near Firenze), 2h30
  • Cappelle Medicee, Firenze, 2h28
  • La Villa Medicea La Petraia, Firenze, 2h26
  • Pistoia, 2h34 (Torre del Genovese, red tower)
  • Amici Della Badia Di Settimo, Via S. Lorenzo a Settimo, 15, 50018 Scandicci FI, 2h11
  • Villa Demidoff (Villa Medicea di Pratolino), Pratolino (FI), via Fiorentina 276 (+Colosso dell’Appennino del Giambologna), 2h37
  • Palazzo dei Vicari, 2h47
  • Scarperia e San Piero, 2h52 (Borgi più belli)
  • Rocca del Cerruglio, Via Fortezza, 4, 55015 Montecarlo LU, 2h31
  • bridge at Castelmaggiore, Calci, 2h13
  • Nozzano Castello, 2h27
  • Badia di Cantignano, 2h24
  • Pietrasanta, 2h30, left from Lucca
  • il Ponte del Principe, Fiumetto, Marina di Pietrasanta, 2h24
  • Cascate di Candalla, continue from ostaria Candalla, 2h35
  • Pietrabuona, Pistoia, 2h42
  • Collodi, 2h35
  • Parco di Pinocchio, Via San Gennaro, 3, 51012 Collodi, Pescia PT, 2h38 (near Lucca)
  • Matraia (LU), 2h40
  • Ponte della Maddalena, 2h42, N of Lucca
  • Ghivizzano, Lucca
  • Coreglia Antelminelli, 3h06, (Borgi più belli)
  • Barga, 3h16, (Borgi più belli)
  • Castiglione di Garfagnana, 3h12 (Borgi più belli)
  • Ponte della Dogana, 55020 Fabbriche di Vergemoli LU (bridge), 2h55
  • Fornovolasco, LU, 3h05
  • Castello Malaspina, Via Papiriana, Fosdinovo, Massa-Carrara, 2h47
  • Fosdinovo, 2h48
  • Malgrate Castle, Piazza Castello, 54028 Villafranca in Lunigiana MS, 2h56
  • Castello dei Conti Guidi, Piazza della Repubblica, 1, 52014 Poppi AR, 2h54
  • Poppi, 2h58, (Borgi più belli)
  • Raggiolo, 3h05 (Borgi più belli)
  • Lierna (Poppi), 2h54
  • Castello di Romena, Casentino, Tuscany, 3h
  • Isola Santa, by the water, 3h11
  • Lago di Vagli – village under water, 3h30
  • Castello della Verrucola, Strada Provinciale 17, Fivizzano, Massa-Carrara, 3h
  • Lago di Gramolazzo, 3h36
  • La Fortezza delle Verrucole, Via del Forte, 25, 55038 Verrucole LU, 3h19
  • Sassorosso, 3h15
  • Corniolo, Pavana, Sambuca Pistoiese (only one house on the bridge), 2h55
  • Cutigliano (Pistoia), Palazzo Pretorio, 3h18
  • Ponte di Groppodalosio, Massa-Carrara, 3h11
  • Rocchetta Mattei, provincia di Bologna, 3h27
  • Dozza, Emilia-Romagna (S of Bologna), 3h37
  • Lago Santo, Emilia Romagna, NE of Lucca (4h)

Direction Viterbo

The Sacro Bosco or Park of the Monsters in Bomarzo, 20 km from Viterbo. An amazing place, just don’t bring a dog.
  • La Bisentina, island on Lake Bolsena
  • Montefiascone, 1h06
  • Bullicame, 59 min
  • Villa Lante, Bagnaia, Via Jacopo Barozzi 71, 01100 Viterbo, 1h10 (not for dogs, entry fee)
  • Montecalvello, 1h27
  • Bomarzo: Etruscan pyramid, 1h14
  • Orte, 1h21
  • Ristorante Bar Lido Dei Pioppi, Via Lido dei Pioppi, 14, 01037 Punta del Lago VT, by Vico lake, 1h24
  • Sutri, 1h26
  • Caprarola, by Lago di Vico, 1h35 (Palazzo Farnese)
  • Narni, 1h37
  • Cascate di Monte Gelato, 00060 Mazzano Romano RM, 1h45
  • Calcata (park early, hippie place), 1h52
  • Cascata delle Marmore, Terni, 1h48 – lovely waterfall
  • Spoleto, 2h05: GELATERIA CRISPINI in Spoleto (best gelato)
  • Villa Pianciani Residenza d’Epoca, Località Terraia, 44, 06049 Spoleto PG, 2h16

Direction Rome

With friends in Montalto di Castro, the first train station from us in Capalbio if you go to Rome. There is a list of places to see in Rome too but it’s still in the making.
  • Convento di San Bonaventura, 00060 Canale Monterano RM, 1h27
  • Bracciano Lake, town Bracciano, 1h24
  • Martignano Lake, Lazio, 1h36
  • Isola Farnese, Rome (Etruscan town Veii), 1h33
  • Park Villa Gregoriana, Tivoli, 2h03
  • Giardino di Ninfa, 2h15
  • Sperlonga – lovely beach between Rome and Naples, 2h49
  • Castelmezzano, Basilicata – far! (5h17)
  • Matera – 6h

Featured photo: Along the Arno river in Florence/Firenze.

Photo: © signature mmm

42 Comments Add yours

    1. Thank you for teaching me a new word, Matthias. 🙂 Overwhelming indeed.

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  1. maksi2016 says:

    Nas čaka še nekaj dela – in užitkov.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    That’s quite an ambitions list. I wish you all the best in crossing them all off (and sharing a few doors from each one).

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    1. That last one is for certain, Dan. I feel better having these places in front of me like this, sort of like unread books on the shelf. When I wish, I can go right… there. All I need is get off my ass. :p

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    1. Thanks, Simon. I’ve been! But I wish to return, it was too short a visit. I remember the almost abandoned village with a great view but we didn’t stop to take photos of that pool in place of the main square.

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      1. simonjkyte says:

        The area around there is great on foot / hitching

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  3. simonjkyte says:

    Chiesa di San Biagio e una bella chiesa, soprattutto quando si cammina nel paesaggio sulla strada bianca.

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  4. dweezer19 says:

    They look like amazing p,aces.

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl, they are, and imagine so many more waiting…


  5. Vanessa says:

    That is a glorious to-do list. Happy travels!

    Oh, and The Commitments – one of my faves, too ❤

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    1. Yeah, great to hear, Vanessa! If you ever come close, you can choose where we meet. 😉

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      1. Vanessa says:

        A girl can dream! 🙂 🙂

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  6. JT Twissel says:

    Oh my goodness! You are quite the list maker.

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    1. Right, Jan? The ultimate. 😀


  7. Great! ….and great music too!!!! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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    1. Thank you, Markus! 🙂 I love this film.


      1. Me too!!! So nice memories….
        “what do you think about his Music skills?”
        “….he was the first one who got the ‘Franky goes to Hollywood ” album..
        …and he was the first one who said that it’s 💩!” 😂😂👍🏼👍🏼

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      2. Hahhah! I love them all. And I learned the word ‘eejit’ from them 😀


  8. I love lists, and this one is fantastic! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Farmgirl. 🙂 I reckon if it’s a list, better be worth the title. 😀

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  9. Oooooo love this list! And I wave back, from afar, for now! 🙂

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    1. Yeahh, Liz, I’m glad you saw it. 🙂 Such a great memory. Extremely windy here today, but it will pass until you get here. And thanks!

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  10. fkasara says:

    MY WHOLE BEING LOVES YOUR LISTS ❤❤❤ I’ll snatch this one 😛

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    1. Ahhh, Sara, this is so great to hear. ❤ It is here for this reason, to be snatched. Thank you truly!

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  11. Too huge. Maybe in a lifetime 😂😂

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    1. Ahh, but you are young, RayNot! For me the time is ticking… But if you want to see something really huge, have a look at my booklist (if you haven’t yet). That’s impossible to do! And of course I invite you to leave your (up to) 10 favourite book titles in a comment. Pleeeassee! 😉

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      1. Gosh I need a lifetime to check the list as well 😂😂

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      2. I’m going to check and get back after food shopping ✌️🙃

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      3. Oh, I don’t know about 10 fav books. Some classics from your list I read of coz (in college & uni), but the list is too huge and some books r too boring 😂 u know that. I’m going to stick to non-fiction and crime/mystery. Anything. I’m open for suggestions.

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      4. Oh, and I’m open for suggestions from you! Isn’t there any book that you really loved and wish to add to my list??

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      5. Short stories of O.Henry (one of my favs when I was 15-16yo)

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      6. He’s American short story writer. Stories with a surprising ending. I loved it so much 💙

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      7. Thank you, RayNot. First time I hear of him. I’ll add it to my list most gladly. And you can comment directly under the list with more books whenever you wish.

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      8. First time? Noooooo then it is a #mustread! Stories r short also :))
        Yes sure I’ll add there if I come up with something else :))

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