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... hillside and along that ridge. We have found ourselves in Radda, the only hilltop town in Chianti for three nights at the Relais Vignale.
Radda is a beautiful medieval town enclosed in large defensive walls. It has been inhabited since the 9th century and like most Tuscan towns came under Florentine control. The town has a medieval look characterized by narrow streets meeting in the main square, Podesta where of ...
... Italian food section on the menu. Moral to this story; find out if there is a public holiday in Italy before travelling.
Anyway this is the first time we used Airbnb for our accommodation and I must say it was a success. The apartment we stayed in was a 10 minute bus journey to the centre of Florence but that was ok with us it was nice to live like the Fiorentini and it was cheaper. Our time in Florence started very low key. For people that know me and my ...
... to the tripe and sheep heads on display - hands on his face, oooh! oooh!). The massive cheese truckles, huge green & purple artichokes and many dried mushroom varieties are more our scene. Lunch over, I make the mistake of trying to find a certain recommended gelato place called 'Perche No!'. A local concierge points it out on a map but his vague directions lead us down confusing back roads (long-suffering Lindsey in ...
... but still vacation together.
The wine tour was terrific! Matteo took us on the old road which connects the Florence and Siena Chianti regions where the famous Chianti Classico wine is produced. We traveled through the wooded hills among castles, vineyards,and farms. The farms were growing corn and hay. Besides the grape vineyards there were plenty of olive trees. The country is indeed beautiful.
We stopped at two vineyards for wine ...
... Luckily it was only a 10’ stagger back to the hotel.
Next day up & about being tourists, again in 30’c heat – we didn’t bring hot weather clothes!!
Went to see Michelangelo’s statue of David. Had a tour guide who was fantastic at giving us the history & his opinions of the Medici Family, Michelangelo, the church (esp the Popes) and general history of the times. I have so much I want to read up on about ...