Hotel Villa Belvedere
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Travel Blogs from Colle di Val d'Elsa
We have explored the many towered town of San Gimingnano,
the grand views and old amphitheatre at Volterra,
the perfectly preserved Casole d'Elsa,
the huge markets in Siena and sat for awhile in the main square watching the Ducati motorcycle team race around the plaza,
the very tiny Monteriggioni,
Montalcino for wine,
Pienza for pecorino cheese and
... whole four of us were literally stopped in our tracks by the Santa Maria Del Fiore. There's the contrast - white with green and pink marble rising up into the night sky out of the surrounding streetscape. There's the size - humungous. And its kind of hidden away, we first glimpsed the bell tower and as we walked around the corner it just got larger and larger..
But inside a couple of square km, there are more churches, bridges, statues and fountains than you can point a stick ...
We spent yesterday exploring the area across the river from where we are staying, especially the small streets around the Sante Croce church. We found yet another leather shop, and I bought my second leather handbag. Goodness, the pressure now to put my backpack away :( Last night we caught up with Therese, who works with me at the ABS, for dinner. She has been travelling for four weeks around multiple countries, including Iceland. She had fabulous photos, ...
Saturday morning we broke camp in Levanto and headed down the Autostrada bound for Tuscany and Firenze. The cost of diesel fuel here in Italy is scandalous. We paid 1.30 euros per litre in France and the cheapest we have found since entering Italy is 1.60 euros per litre. I guess the Italian government has decided to get out of their debt crisis by taxing the hell out of things like fuel. Last night (Saturday) we struck up a friendship with a couple camped next to us here ...
... that the various nobles and royals (including the Medicis) have lived in since the 1400s were equally stunning. As far as palaces that we have visited go, this would have to be the best, though the exterior of the building is somewhat austere and lacks any suggestion of the magnificence that lies within. Unfortunately you are unable to take photos inside and they had "watchers" in every room so no chance of sneaking a shot or two! We rushed back to the Duomo hoping ...