Last Sunday I caught a bus to a small Tuscan town called Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. Considering my last bus adventure into the Italian countryside and that buses rarely run to Tavarnelle on Sundays, I was anxious about getting there. I asked the bus driver to let me know when we were in Tavarnelle and fortunately, I didn't get lost once. When I got off at my stop, I noticed that the town itself isn't very picturesque, but the hills surrounding the town are ideal. I walked to my hostel. The streets were quiet to the point of feeling post-apocalyptic, a shocking change after living in bustling cities for two months. The deserted and graffitied playground next to the hostel looked like it came out of a zombie movie.

Exhausted, I napped for a couple hours and then headed out that night to explore and find a good place to watch the sun set. A brief stroll got me to the town square where locals sat outside, enjoying the evening. Most of the buildings were bland, but little details like pots of flowers and garden gnomes made the residences charming.

After making a loop around the whole town, I found a grassy field past my hostel. From here, I had an incredible view over the Tuscan countryside. The sky was amazing shades of blue, pink, gold, and purple, and the sun was crimson.

I lied down in the grass and watched the sun set over vineyards and small towns. It was easily one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

Behind me there was an almost-full moon and a church, probably the most interesting building that I saw in town.

The next day, I followed the hostel host's suggestion and walked two kilometers to a neighboring town called Barberino. The towns are connected by a nice path that goes through the countryside. The path is interspersed by benches where you can sit and admire the scenery. I liked seeing all of the farms.

There aren't any particular sights to see in Barberino, but the town retains its original medieval look, including town walls. Two main streets run through the town center and these were even more quiet than Tavarnelle's streets.

I returned to Barberino the next day just before it rained. It was amazing to see the dramatic storm clouds over the countryside. Beams of light poked through and lit the hills in a beautiful way.

The next day was my last day in Tavarnelle and I was super sick, so there isn't much to report from that day. Overall, I loved my stay in the small town. It was refreshing to be around nature after being in cities for so long. I adore the Tuscan countryside and hope that I can go back some day, and maybe next time stay on a farm. I'm sorry about the lack of descriptions in this post! It's very late and I'm heading to Naples tomorrow, but I wanted to try to catch up and at least post some pictures.

Sam Mularz1 Comment