16th century Synagogue in Petigliano
Petigliano aka "Little Jerusalem"
The Romans stole, almost completely, their mythology from the predecessor Greek mythology. (Mostly it was only the names of the Greek gods the Romans changed; their attributes remained the same.) It is the Roman god, Saturn, from the Greek god, Kronos, that gives the name to the term, Saturnia. The mito (myth), as recounted on Wikipedia, is that Saturn was tired of the constant human wars and sent a thunderbolt to earth that created a spring of sulphurous water that would pacify mankind.
Saturnia from the road above and the gorgeous landscape of the regionOnly a car makes it possible to reach many destinations in the interior -- despite Italy's fantastic train system.
arch of antiquityFive girls rented a car and went on a road trip. Two of the five of us are extra furry and use four feet instead of only two.
Mabel chases Millie (aka "M&M") at our agriturismo
Cindy Lauper was right, "Girls just wanna have fun"Our destination was an agriturismo in Saturnia. We were welcomed by Marta and Cristina (mother and daughter). Because we arrived early in the season, middle of April, we were the only guests. We were treated well, and I recommend you to stay at this conveniently located agriturismo (holiday farm), if you plan a trip to the region.
From these "pecorini" (sheep)...
...we get this,
wheels of famous pecorino di Pienza cheese. Yummy!Each morning we followed the steam along the road to the therapeutic sulphur baths and immersed our tired and worn bodies into the cascading water. Afterwards, we returned to our agriturismo to wash away the stinky water and eat a bountiful breakfast. Cristina is most helpful and full of knowledge and information to make your stay even better.
Bathing beautiesSaturnia and the baths were our destination. Of course, there are many fancy and costly spas, but we opted for the free and natural spas. Along the journey and each day, we stopped in a few Etruscan and Medieval towns. I have wanted to go to many towns -- Montepulciano, Pienza, Saturnia -- for a long time. Other towns -- Sorano, Sovana, Petigliano, Proceno -- I was not aware even existed. We also spent a day in Argentario, an island connected with an isthmus or two or three (say that five times really fast without a lisp). We planned to take a 10 km panoramic drive and somehow ended up on the strada bianca (literally "white road," but in reality, a nice way of saying "you're lost." It is an unpaved road, full of holes, jagged rocks and boulders, on one side of the car is falling rock from the mountainside, and on the other side of the car is a cliff with no barricade to the sea very far below.)
Sovana ... or is it Sorano?
We survived. Of course, we returned to the baths at Saturnia to relax and laugh about the apparent wrong turn.
an Etruscan, I believe, stairway in Petigliano
There is always an adventure waiting to happen when traveling and exploring, especially when in the company of good friends.