La Loggia - Villa Gloria
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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Last day in Tuscany today. We opted for a cruisy day today as everyone is tired out - these medieval towns have a lot of steps and hills. So, a morning at home by the pool, playing with the new friends from next door. Later we had a tour of the winery where we were staying, followed of course, with a sampling of the local ...
... mainly as a display of wealth. I guess cars hadn't been invented yet, so it was a case of 'my tower is bigger than yours'. One ruler even made a law to prevent anyone building a tower bigger than his.
After this we had a look in the building below the tower, the Palazzo Comunale (town hall) and at the small museum of art it houses. Thomas continues to ask enlightening questions ...
... to look over the roof tops of Florence. We went into the Duomo after that, but after visiting the Siena Duomo it was a little of an anti-climax. Beautiful on the outside, but quite understated (by Roman Catholic standards) on the inside.
We wandered over the Ponte Vecchio and visited one of the strangest little museum's I've ever seen. There are so many museums housing priceless medieval ...
... catching the supermarket before closing time of 1-4pm (we have discovered we pretty much have to come home over that time, unless in a big town, as everything shuts).
An afternoon at the pool left everyone slightly pink cheeked, but much cooler, and ready to face the trip to another nearby village in search of dinner. Most restaurants here don't open until 7 so we are getting used to ...
... impressive than St. Peters.
Quote of the day from Thomas...in the library of the cathedral, which housed medieval church manuscripts, ...' are those books fiction or non-fiction?'
Under the Duomo we visited the recently discovered Crypt. It was found by accident in 1999 when work was being undertaken on the cathedral. It was filled up with rubble some time in the 14th C and forgotten. As a result it has some very well preserved murals ...