Lost in Italy

As planned we arrived just outside San Gimignano around 8:00 pm about 10 min drive from our hotel.  We put in the GPS coordinates in and drove off into the darkness looking for our place for the night.  Soon the road turned to gravel, and then the gravel turned into big sharp rocks.  14 km into the wilderness  we decided it was time to  turn around and go back.  The hotel was not going to be found here.  We are going about 5 km/h I am waiting for the oil lamp to go off in the car as we are scraping the road with the bottom of the car.  We have 3 phones and none of them has service.  We slow down and start looking for a piece of road wide enough to turn the car around.  Its pitch dark, we can’t see anything and all we hear is the car scraping its bottom on the road and bats flying everywhere.  Finally we turn it around and get back to the main road, its almost 9 pm.  We get a hold of the owners who agree to meet us at the top of the hill and guide us to the place we were supposed to be an hour ago.

We meet them, and they start leading us down the same road.  We are a bit freaked out, one do not enter sign, another do no enter sign – finally we stop in the middle of Tuscan bush on a gravel road in the middle of a tiny village of 8 homes and 6 tiny porch lights.

Turns out this is new, so new even Google does not know about it, nor are there any signs to find it.  We unpack and head out to town for a dinner, its now 9:45, half the restaurants are closed and the ones still open have closed kitchens.  We finally sat down at 10:00 pm to the best dinner we had.  At 11:00 pm armed with proper GPS coordinates we set off to our hotel only to get lost again in the middle of nowhere – is this nightmare ever going to end. Luckily we found out way in the end and retired at midnight. What a day!







4 Responses to “Lost in Italy”

  1. | September 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    What an experience, I can only imagine what was being said as you got further and further down the road…or was the silence in the car deafening?

  2. | September 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    Actually nothing much was said, I think we were too busy watching the bats fly around and waiting for a werewolf to jump out of the bushes and snatch one of the kids. This deafening silence was only interrupted by the car scarping the bottom of the road. 🙂

  3. | September 7, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    Omg, I forgot about the bats, ahhhh the memories

  4. | September 7, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    The bats are important part of this story because some of us had to pee, and one person needed to go out and help turn the car around on the narrow road. What an adventure.

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