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Travel Blogs from San Vincenzo
We've been without Wi-Fi for almost a week now so I'm quite behind on my blog. I kept notes so you'll see about 4 entries all at once.
Leaving Florence was much easier than driving into the city. After a quick breakfast at the hotel we retrieved the car from the garage and were on our way back out to the Tuscan country side. We were heading to Volterra but we stopped in Siena along the way. Siena is known for their medieval style horse racing. ...
... villa , La Colletta.
It was originally built by a German Baroness and then was left to its own devices for many years until Claudia and Jim saw it and restored it to its former glory in 1999. They had to get everything around to the villa by boat. All the builders had a winch everything to get all the building materials up to the decaying villa. The dry stone walls were reinforced and the garden planted. We can't get over how much it has grown in the 12 ...
... authentic medieval costumes, and the flag bearers were all doing that thing where they toss the flags up in the air, they twirl round, and then they catch them again by the handle. (They have competitions for this over here, where towns and cities compete against each other for the best flag twirlers).
So, we got an authentic bit of local history and culture for free, in the shape of this medieval parade. Thank goodness we were in Italy and not the ...
Settled earlier than 900 BC, Volterra is a treasure.
It has been continually inhabited since the end of the 8th century BC
It has Etruscan and Roman Ruins aplenty, great views to the valleys below, very good wine and eateries.
It is a beautiful town situated 40kms west of Siena. Because of its location the drive there, especially from the West is truly superb
Next time you are in Tuscany take a day out and spend some time in this place.
... down as an experience.and add to my repertoire.
Claudia arrives tomorrow so that will so exciting to see her after 9 years. Jim unfortunately is touring with Queen in the States and we probably won't see him until we go to the last night of the 'Monty Python reunion' at the 02 Arena on the 20th July.
So until the next time we are trying to keep those two rascals out of harms way. Easier said than done.xxxxx