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... winery, we met Mario the seedy and sleepy owner of the vineyards and winery. We got to see how the wine is made from drying the grapes to fermenting them in big containers to how they are pressed to make the liquid. Although they have machines that do it now days, Mario- the Italian vineyard owner- showed us all the tools used in the past to make wine. My most favourite part of the tour was when we were taken into his personal cellar and got to see his collection ...
... tossed in a vast of hot tar and beheaded, he left a legacy. For contrast the city is also dedicated to the Virgin Mary. These seemingly contrasting symbols of mythology and religion are seen on every historic building in Siena. It is particularly interesting to see many portraits of Mary breast feeding the baby Jesus.
Siena had many rulers over the centuries. The Church remained in power until 1147. Then the Florentines ruled until 1260 (the Medici ...
... another tower, and eating yet another pasta lunch we decided we would struggle to find anywhere to beat our castle, so we got ingredients to cook ourselves dinner and headed home. Kevin made a delicious eggplant entree, followed by a restaurant-worthy pasta main course, which we washed down with a bottle of the Castle's own Chianti Classico wine while watching the sunset over the nearby hills. A game of 500 completed our perfect night in.
... posh restaurants but nothing to suit my simple needs. Banana and water for lunch. That's life.
Arrived in Siena for the night. More tourists again and a couple of smart buildings. But too late to visit them properly. Not cheap either. You get quite mean when a night's accommodation costs 10€.
Strange experience with a nun in tonight's hostel when she showed me into the dormitory. I offered ...
... names and mascots that had little to do with religion, but everything to do with pride. Twice a year, the 17 Siena neighborhoods would pick a horse and rider and gather in the central Piazza to race on horseback for three laps. The race lasted less that two minutes, but it culminated a three day festival for the city and started a three day feast and party for the winning neighborhood. This is a very colorful tradition that is captured in ...
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