We passed olive groves, villas and schools, and saw egrets in the river on the way back, but it wasn't quite the hike we were looking for. A week or so later, I read a TripAdvisor review of San Casciano, which supposedly has some good country walks and features an Etruscan tomb. So we plotted the bus route to San Casciano and set out one morning with a picnic lunch,
But San Casciano was dead! It was the middle of the day, and everything had shut down for the 2-3 hour lunch break! In Florence only a few shops still observe that tradition (such as our vino sfuso store), but most stores are open, and the tourist office doesn't close. No so in San Casciano.
|San Casciano in the early afternoon.|
All was not lost, however. As we made our way to the bus station to return to Florence, we encountered an art installation. Called "The Boat," it was created by an English artist who was working in collaboration with some young people of the town. Although not yet finished, it created a striking visual display from above.
We visited briefly with the artist, and Kevin helped her carry some supplies to her store. I feel bad, because I meant to note her name, but all I can recall is her last name is Sainsbury (like the British grocery chain).
Although we didn't get our walk, we did get a bus ride in the country and an encounter with an artist and her work. Not a bad day!