Albergo Il Girifalco
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... 10 of the 17 districts of Siena. The riders and horses are selected randomly. The Palio and Siena can be seen in the James Bond Movie, Quantum of Solace. I have included a postcard with a picture of the Palio. The Piazza was built around 1300, It is impressive to stand in this great plaza and understand that it has been standing for over 700 years. The architecture is unusual because the buildings go around in a circle and different sections of the buildings are convex and ...
... however, not thirty seconds into the second half of the performance, bobble head is at it again, and I can barely contain my giggles. As Violetta, the heroine, is in her dramatic death throes with piercing tremolos not 5 feet from Sleeping Beauty, she continues to snore. At Violetta's dramatic death, the church plunges into darkness, and when the lights return, our narcoleptic friend has jumped up and is yelling, "Brava!" ...
... trusty "gps lady" to take us to a pharmacy. That she did reliably. New drugs in hand, we noticed a laundromat in the same strip of shops - awesome, a bit of a wasted day can at least become useful by doing some laundry!
We agreed to find a campsite only a couple of kms from the hospital and set up there, before collating the dirty laundry and heading back to the laundromat. A bar in the strip of shops kept us distracted with a couple of cool drinks, but the time to stop had us ...
... Leonardo da Vinci and pupils carved an altar and statues although only one statue is believed to have been done by Leonardo himself. One nave leads to the Piccolomini Library which is adorned with frescoes by Pinturicchio. Outside the pass allows access to the Crypt and Bapistery which has a large hexagonal baptismal font made by famous artists including Donatello. The crypt walls are covered in frescoes depicting scenes ...
... with fruit for the day, we headed southwest winding our way through the Tuscan countryside. We stopped for lunch and a stroll in Massa Marittima, but quickly got lost. Massa Marittima has an "old" and a "new" town, which is a bit comical since the "new" town was built in the 15th century by Siena shortly after it took over Massa Marittima. (And we think that a two year-old cell phone old!) The sites we wanted to see are in the "old town". It took us about ...