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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 ...
... changed it in August not long before we left the UK. He will have to take a better look at it in the morning. It was very cold again in the evening, we decided to leave the oven on, set on low to keep us warm, as it has a thermostat it worked very well. Our other heating doesn't have a thermostat so sometimes it gets too hot and then we have to switch it off. When we went to bed we set the timer for it to stay on for a few ...
... a museum. We walked further around the narrow streets until we came the the gothic masterpiece, Opera fella Metropolitana Di Sienna, the Duomo (cathedral) was started in 1215 and work went on well into the 14th century. The magnificent facade was designed by Giovanni Pisano.
We explored for a little longer before walking back. It's cold back at Dream Catcher, we had the heating on most of the evening and used an extra bed cover when we went to ...
... the important travel route--Via Francigena (more on that later). Its on to the World Heritage Site Pienza for lunch & a stroll around. It's a very interesting place. Called the "touchstone of renaissance urbanism", it was a planned community built over the course of about 5 years in the mid 1400's on an old village site. It was the first use of urban planning techniques that later spread throughout Europe. Many of the techniques are still employed today. Now its off ...
... also set down a side of sliced apples and a small bowl of olives. Even though we find it hard to finish this wonderful antipasta, Lynda and Kat can still walk across the small restaurant to the desert counter where they find slices of chocolate cake and apple pie.
Since we’re not hiking the next day we have the opportunity to return to the Fiaschetteria Italiana for lunch. Staff greet us as old friends ...
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