|our goal: the hill town of Volpaia, as seen from the hill town of Radda in Chianti. Volpaia is the cluster of buildings just visible below the skyline slightly right of centre.|
|around about here we chance upon a handsome stone bench; this would be a boon for those coming up the hill in the opposite direction|
|vineyards after rain: that earth is pure, clay-ridden mud, and we have to pass by here|
At the end of the field, turn left through a big gap in the hedges, and drop straight down to the asphalt road on a small but well-worn single track.
The gap in the hedges exists no more (grown over?) and the 'drop straight down' turns out to be a choice between stumbling down a bramble-infested bank or sliding down a mud-covered section onto the road. Some of us hazard one, others the other, resulting in light scratches and muddied trousers and hands.
|on the outside looking in|
|This tabernacle was a welcome sight. The olive tree overshadowing it is one of the most beautiful specimens in the area. All the others having been recently pruned within an inch of their lives|
|About halfway there: looking back towards Radda with relief|
|the walled road leading up and in to Volpaia|
The walk took us a total of 3 hours, side-tracking and scrambles included. The longer version via the Locanda (excluding adventures) would take roughly 4 and a half hours.
*There is now a website connected with this guide book which is full of updates offered by walkers; many of the problems we encountered have already been covered here. Of course we didn't find this out until after our expedition.
**To contact the custodians Paolo and Sonia, call 0577 738755 or try seeing if they are home (their house is right next door to the church).