Here is a perfect example of you cannot judge a book by its cover. Or, in this case, you cannot judge a hill town by how it looks from the outside.
As we approached our resort, we rounded a bend and saw this view.
All four of us exclaimed in unison, “oh my gosh, oh my gosh.” It was magnificent, towering in front of us beckoning us to come in.
When the day arrived for us to visit the Oh My Gosh (as we like to call it), we were shocked. It’s actually in the town San Casciano de Bagni. Today it is a medieval ghost town. Amazing on the outside and deserted on the inside. We still enjoyed the view immensely but it was surprising. I guess that’s why Rick Steves does not mention it in his guidebooks. Oh, Rick, we are sorry we deviated from your guidance. It won’t happen again.