La Casa di Gio
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... its edge where Bar/Restaurants/Gelaterias are found.
Dominating one side of the Piazza is the ancient Town Hall, decorated with dozens of coats of arms of the many men of power controlling the city over the centuries.
The floor of the Piazza is raked making it a favourite place for people to sit and when we were strolling through there were men taking down scaffolding from ...
... cheese, salads, grilled vegi's meats and of course wine! Since we were heading to Chianti, we went with Eduordo's recommendation from a family who he used to work for.
Our pizza's came out, but at that point we had all been eating appetizers so we probably didn't enjoy it as much as expected. Long, but great day...ready for tomorrow!
BTW...pics aren't loading well, so will load more once I get better connectivity.
... previous year's corresponding Palio) together with three drawn by lot from the remaining ten. A horse is assigned to each by lot and is then guarded and cared for in the Contrade stable. The jockeys are paid huge sums and indeed there are often deals and bribes between jockeys or between "allied" Contrade committees to hinder other riders, especially those of 'enemy' Contrade. For the three days preceding the Palio itself, there are practice races. The horses are led from their ...
... went out en mass, minus Luca and the new girl, to Siena.
The familial members of the group then went off to a party leaving Maelys and me to walk around in the cold for an hour or two. Having already been there (though admittedly I didn't remember until we were actually there) I knew what to expect from the place, but seeing the duomo there I was hit again by just how gosh darn amazing it is.
Anyway, we didn't walk around for too long ...
... remarkable works are worth noting, among the most amazing pieces we've seen this week: Michelangelo's Pieta and Donatello's Maddalena (Mary Magdalene). The museum also had a great history and workshop space on the design and building of the cathedral and Brunelleschi's dome.
Then, off to Siena, where we arrived and settled in early enough to head out for our ...