A Casa di Alino
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... and getting on the train. Well I discovered "spur.of the moment travel plans" can prove to be troublesome..Mmm...this not sitting well with me because with doing all the travel bookings from flights, trains and accomodation there hasnt been any problem. So we arrive at station..a hop skip amd jump literally from apartment. 3 ticket booths in our line of sight not working. So thinking no other choice but to go to a window and ask or buy or whatever, we make our way there only ...
... we had bi-directional traffic in a narrow passage) but after 463 steps we emerged into the open air and sunlight. The views are outstanding and the resulting photos are well worth the effort.
On returning to level ground, we had a brief panic where it looked like the photos we took at the top were lost. Mae Mae was particularly annoyed that we had lost the picture of us together which was taken by a friendly stranger, the only one of the trip so far. "I ...
... point. The guide explained some common features on the bulidings as we walked, like family crests and architectural styles of various builders. The main building to see is the Duomo, which is the largest tiled Cathedral dome, this was completed in the 15th century and forms part of the Cathedral of Saint Maria, which had its beginings of construction from approximately 400AD, it is an impressive sight, especially as it was all completed over ...
... but closed so sadly we couldn't go inside. We also had a really tasty lunch and then headed off to the Duomo, getting a gelato on the way! - We went inside the Duomo, which was not what we were expecting. It was very sparse and not as extravagant as the outside, almost as if they used all their effort on the outside. That is, save from the Dome of the Duomo, which has a pretty fantastic painting on it. We also went underneath the Duomo floor where ...
... some other facts and information about the process of olive oil and wine production. People then chose to either buy things or just leave straight away.
We all met back at the tour bus after another 15 minute exploration.
We were now going more into the Chianti region. We ended up at Fattoria – Sant’Appiano. The drive along the way was again, beautiful and not a let down. This was a family farm we were at now. In fact, it used to be run by the ...