Albergo di Murlo
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... houses many if the original sculptures of saints which originally adorned the center isle, the exit was through a very ornate chapel which housed the gift shop.
We found a cafe and had lunch before continuing. Next was the crypt, this was only discovered in 1999, it has walls completely covered in pintura a secco (dry painting) dating back to the 1200's, they were in excellent condition. Our last visit on this square was the ...
... part way up a steep hill, the chain snapped completely, and we had to push the bike all the way back.
I have become very fond of foraging wild herbs, here, as things like rosemary, thyme and fennel are everywhere. At the end of one day in the vineyards, Claudio, one fellow worker, saw me cutting down several stalks of sage that I spotted underneath a cherry tree. He told me that that particular sage was no good, and he ...
... flag carriers, and several guys in various medieval armor & weapons. The 10 racing contradas also had the jockey on a "ceremonial," costumed horse followed by the race horse. Each contrada went through a flag routine...basically 2 guys did some twirling and tossing and passed the flags to each other. They stopped several times around the track to perform the routine. I couldn't see real well from my spot, but it appeared as though they all did basically ...
... this master sculptor and was the last work in the cathedral dating from 1659. Above the alter is the Madonna del Voto painted by Duccio and containing real crowns of gold and jewels. The Piccolomini Library was frescoed by Pinturiccio with scenes from the life of Pope Pius III. There is so much to see and look at that it is pretty overwhelming. We spend well over an hour in the church. Next we stop in the crypt which is really the site of an old 12th century ...
Tuscany! Beautiful and peaceful
Tuscany! We are staying at Fattoria Di
Caavaglioni in San Rocco. This B&B
was built in the 13th century. The decor
is absolutely amazing. Hand painted
walls that make you think you are looking at a 3d wainscotting. I have purchased their wine but just haven't
had the time to enjoy it becuase we were on a
6 hour wine tasting tour to Abbadia Arenga- IL Poggio. This wine maker is located ...