Travel Blogs from Colle di Val d'Elsa
... Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Rossini and Galileo, just a few famous names!
The crowds around these areas are very large making us all targets for beggars and pick pockets. You have to constantly be on your guard which is not easy as you are looking at and experiencing some of the most important sites in world history.
We walked across the Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) which dates back to 1354. It is lined with gold and jewelry shops ...
... Leonardo DaVinci. It is visible from anywhere in the city. Other highlights:
- Climbing the last of the 450ish stairs to the top of the dome for breathtaking views of the city, just in time for sunset (shocking!) Only rivaled by St. Isaac's in St. Petersburg.
- Resisting cashmere lined, leather gloves in the market (not conducive to UK farm work)
- Walking down Via Roma to cross the Ponte Vecchio
- Seeking refuge in museums and ...
... are less than 15 minutes(ours were 9 and 12). We buy our bus tickets for San Gimignano at the Tabacchi shop in the Poggibonsi train station. The 40 minute wait goes by fast with a lady from England stopping to ask if I speak English. Do I look Italian?She is trying to buy a bus ticket from the train machine which isn't working so I point her to the Tabacco shop. The bus departure board has our bus leaving at the same time as another bus. The wierd thing is they both have the same bus ...
... We went to the death penalty museum to have a quick look and saw a gory depiction of someone who had their head chopped off with the guillotine and it was being held up by the executioner - charming. We didn't have a lot of time to look around because we had to get back down to the bus, because we had been told that there had been a tour recently where someone didn't get back to the bus on time and they got left behind. We got back to the bus, and the husband of the woman ...
... didn't sleep on the way home, but got one of those cool rooms on the train with 6 seats and stayed awake chatting. It reminded me of a less classy Harry Potter train. When we got back to the train station in Rome, there was a crazy long line to get a taxi. Apparently everyone was coming back from a soccer game and were taking up all of us tourists cabs! We decided to try and go down the street to a hotel because they call taxis for people. We were waiting outside and the ...
Other places to stay in Colle di Val d'Elsa
Via Oberdam 5/7/9, Colle di Val d'Elsa | 3 star hotelfrom $73
Via Piemonte 10, Colle di Val d'Elsa | 4 star hotelfrom $124
Via Senese, Colle di Val d'Elsa | 2 star hotelfrom $91
Via Pieve in Piano 23, Colle di Val d'Elsa | Hotelfrom $67
Gracco del Secco 113, Colle di Val d'Elsa | 4 star hotelfrom $139
Loc. Mensanello, Colle di Val d'Elsa | 4 star hotelfrom $61