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... oranges – which turned out to be sooo juicy and sweet!
Our next overnight spot was another item on MJ’s wish list – Ancient Olympia! We found a campground open and spent a day walking around the site of the Ancient Olympics and the site where the Olympic flame is kindled every four years. We walked the ancient stadium (no, we didn’t run) and also visited a couple of the museums there where we got a chance to see some of the history of ...
... see the atractions of a holiday, or even a residence, here.
After a pleasant breakfast of fruit, yoghurt, some ham and cheese, washed down with the usual orange juice and coffee, we set off for the ducal palace, which is the dominant building of the town. A huge palatial structure dating to the early 14th century when the Duke of Montepelfre was the man in charge of this region of Italy. It is also ...
... Raphael was born. Other than that Joy had an idea of only 4 paintings held in this gallery.
The Ducal Palace is an impressive building near the top of one of the hills in Urbino and was closed for the New Year celebrations, so we set off hoping it was going to be opened today, but not really being sure. As we rounded the corner of the buildings we realised the door was open.....so today's itinerary was possible.
There is an €8 entry ...
... were closed for the day, or opened late, but we did see the cathedral, it's oratorio and the civic museum, where Joy was delighted to find a fresco by Reni. After a break for coffee and croissant we walked up the long steep slope of the Via Veneto to reach a fantastic view point in the Piazza Roma, overlooking the surrounding snow covered hills, and the town spread below. There is a 14th century fortress here too, but sadly it was closed for the ...
... that the restaurant was only 4 minutes walk from the hotel, even in the snow.
Anyway, we duly timed a snack at the right time so we would be hungry enough for dinner but not too hungry as to be past it. Very clever bodies :-)
At 9.15 we left our hotel wrapped up like Eskimos and slithered the short distance to the restaurant, taking extra care on the slope down to the building itself! The two rooms were already ...