From Florence to Sismano (via Montepulciano)
Route: Florence - Montepulciano - Orvieto - Lago di Corbara - Sismano In Florence, take the A1 Highway, and while reaching Sismano, you can take the chance to stop in amazing places in Tuscany and Umbria. Stop in Montepulciano, near Siena, where you can have a Florentine style steak (Ask for a "Fiorentina"), and a glass of red Montepulciano wine. The Montepulciano is a native Sangiovese variety: the color is red garnet, almost brown, the characteristic smell is sweet violets, it's a rich, soft and dry wine. Taste the pecorino cheese, aged or fresh, curdled since the Middle Ages by the Sardinian immigrants in Tuscany. Leave Montepulciano for Orvieto, the village located on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff. Orvieto was built on the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs, encircled by defensive walls built in the same stone. The village dominates the valley of rivers Paglia and Chiani, two Tiber tributaries. Take the state highway SS205 and immediately the SS48. Drive all along the Lake of Corbara, the artificial lake created in the 1950s with a dam in the Tiber river. Visit Civitella del Lago, an ancient hillside village built under the princedom of the Atti family (Do not miss the Atti Palace). Stop to Bottilandia, a wood where animals find their shelter inside huts made out of old wooden barrels. Driving the SS448 you will reach Sismano.