B&B Antica Toscana
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After a leisurely start we set off around 10.30 am in our rental car. The objective of the day was to explore as much of the area north of Siena. This is an extensive wine growing area and home to Chianti Classico. We had heard there were lots of fabulous medieval villages to explore all within short distances of each other. It would be a good test of my driving skills on the windy Italian country roads.
... and pasta, watched the sunset once more, found a wild cat that followed me around, and called it an end to probably my new favorite place on Earth. Looking back at the pictures I took, I still can't believe how lucky I was to get to experience this magical place. I hope to be able to return there some day and enjoy it all once again.
The next morning, we took a train back to La Spezia and then got on our 4.5 hour train to Rome!
Until next time,
Today we visit Siena. The town is famous for the Palio -a horse race that is run around the town square in July and again in August. It's a big town, so we parked near the old town walls and walked into the town. It's another very characterful town with banners flying along the streets. We walked down to the main piazza. It is much smaller than we expected and it must be very crowded for the Palio. Apparently, the crowds are jammed in the middle ...
It was an hour and a half ride to Pisa and we were able to snooze a bit. Antonella woke us up five minutes before arriving. We had to get off the bus and switch to what she called and looked like a train with two cars but was actually a very rough road vehicle. The "train" took us to the area containing the cathedral and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It turned out we were two of the four people on the bus of 50 who actually bought tickets to climb the tower. And the ...
... Travelling at ridiculous speeds through mountainous ranges with sheer cliffs and European cars overtaking us at even more ridiculous speeds and trucks beeping at us for god knows what, was not exactly my idea of a good time .... But as it seems Waz was in his element. Despite the fear, when I sneaked a peak out the window the view of the hillside towns were spectacular.
Driving into Monterosso was even more of a challenge as we snaked ...