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Adventures of crazy traveller

After travelling in comfortable way, by trains in Cinque Terre and by car with Carlo and Gigi, I started my lone trip experience with the Italian buses. What would be easy with a car was quite a challenge using local transportation.
After the bath in healing hot waters of Saturnia I was full of energy. I asked in Saturnia b&b for an early breakfast and went by (first) bus to Manciano. There after a short time I had the (second) bus to Pitigliano. I came to Pitigliano early in the morning when the street were quite empty. There was no place where I could leave my backpacks so I had to visit the town as walking sandwich. And there are so many steps there! Pitigliano has wonderful setting on the tufa hill. The old town is full of lovely corners, lined with flowers. The streets are very narrow and there are no cars. The quaint old town is known as the little Jerusalem, for the historical presence of a Jewish community that has always been well integrated into the social context and that have their own synagogue. Pitigliano is home to a series of artificial cuts into the tufa rock to varying depths ranging from less than 1 metre to over 10 metres . At the bottom of these cuts (Italian: tagliate) are carved channels, apparently for water, although some take the form of steps. The purpose of the cuts is not known: the three main theories are that they were roads, quarries, or water conveyance schemes. The municipal area of Pitigliano lies in the western part of 'Area del Tufo. It is bordered to the north by the town of Sorano, south-east with the municipalities of Latium Farnese, Ischia di Castro, Latera and Vale from which is bordered from the north end of the Lamone, west with the town of Manciano.

The cliff of Pitigliano is surrounded on three sides by many ravines, full of caves dug into the tuff . This small town has many medieval and Renaissance monuments.

After more than five hours walking around I had the (third) bus to Latera. The bus was late and when I went to the bar to ask about it, I almost lost it.
I knew that I had the bus to Bolsena from Gradoli, but how to go there (3 km) from Latera? I had no map and there was nobody to ask. When I was standing rather helpless on the bus stop, I saw the bus coming. I stopped it. The driver told me that I should go with him to Acquapendente. OK. I went by the (forth) bus to Acquapendente and from there after half an hour waiting I had the (fifth) bus to Bolsena. Hurrah! My hotel in Bolsena was very good and close to the lake. Do you think that I went to the lake, sit on the bench and relaxed? Of course not. There was the old town on the hill, so I went up there, to see the castle and to climb the tower with spectacular view on the town and lake.

Here the view of one of the many charming corners. All houses and steps and pavements are made from tufa.

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here is the map with all the towns I mention

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