Albergo Ristorante Portole
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Having said a sad farewell to Jules, Mark and Erin, we left the Amalfi and Sorrento coast and headed back up through Italy to spend a couple of nights in Tuscany in an old Villa hotel called Casa Volpi, en route to the Dolomites. The weather has been kind to us again and we had a nice day exploring Arezzo town, on our only full day here before heading north into the ...
... visited Il battistero, the crypt and la porta del cielo which is the rooftop tour and the Torre di Mangia. We walked past the the oldest and first bank in the world, founded in 1472 !!! Monte dei Paschi di Siena in the beautiful old building where it started. Imagine that this is the place where the world economy of banks started, hard to realize and imagine that they though it would end up like it has, no ??? We had some nice cannelloni, ice cream and of course our ...
... Chicago, but currently reside in San Diego. Within minutes we found out that yes, they were against Obama, and yes, they were concerned not only for Chicago but the US of A under his rule, but also that it is hard, but we need to find a church. We can only assume that our chance meeting with them had many things in common with us is a direct result of all of the love and happy thoughts coming to us to have safe and comfortable travels, so to all at home thank you.
... about it they just brushed him off. After that we wandered up to the Duomo at Piazza Grand where there was an assortment of modern art statues which seem to be about opposites. (We couldn't read the Italian descriptions). We also came across a wine cellar called Cantucci Wines which has been operating as a family business since 1008. We bought some wine there to try. We had a quick trip back on the motorway and a relaxed dinner at home. Tuesday 1 October -We had an early ...
... was when we happened upon the deep basement under the town center, which has been used for aging giant vats of local wine. These rooms are wonderful and even connect to ancient Etruscan caves. We found them by accident and were the only visitors at the time.
Our next stop was just a few miles west at the smaller hill town of Pienza. Parking was easier and we easily found the main piazza ...