Hotel Casolare le Terre Rosse
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... in Colle di Val d'Elsa. Sunday buses are fewer and more crowded.
By car You may also arrive by car. You can't drive inside the town walls, but there are several pay parking lots just outside the town walls, with free places further away. The handiest lot, Parcheggio Montemaggio, outside Porta San Giovanni, fills quickly, but they let 1 car in for every one that leaves, so you can wait (€2/hour). There is free parking on the side of the road ...
... now, & our little Citreon Picasso is struggling on the wet roads. Not a patch on the Ford Focus we had in France in terms of handling. Initially headed to a small town in the Chianti that was home to a couple of the vineyards from the tasting night, but rain kept coming & we decided to head straight for our place outside San Gimignano. Only trouble was the GPS route recalculation - took us down a series of very picturesque but very narrow village lanes. ...
We left the Pitti Palace, grabbed a cab and went to the Piazzale Michelangelo which is one of the highest points in the city and offers bird’s eye views of all the important monuments. We took pictures of the city and pictures of ourselves … classic tourist stuff!
We returned to the hotel to rest and reconvened for dinner at Il Profeta, ...
... the cathedral into three sections with the centre being the largest), an amazing painted ceiling, huge stain glass window at the end and beautiful paintings hung on the walls. It was hard to drag ourselves out of there but when we finally did we headed up to the panoramic lookout and had amazing views of the city. The staircase to get to the panorama was quite small, the stairs were so small I had to walk on tiptoes so that I didn’t trip cause my fit were too big to fit ...
... ourselves back at Ferrovia (the area the train station is in), much to my disappointment!
With a couple of hours still ahead before our train left, we just kept walking, but up into the north corner of Venice, where we hadn't really planned to go. This area was all a little busier than where we'd been, but there was some nice shops to look at along the way, and we were just enjoying the whole atmosphere anyway. And it was along here that I found an amazing little espresso ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed