Hotel La Vecchia Cartiera
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... of Michelangelo, Galileo, Niccolo Medicci and Dante, as well as works by Donatello. On our way there, we walked through a little alleyway where school children were being let out for the day and families were there picking them up (no one was in a car; everyone walked or rode bikes). It was a very cute, Italian, everyday scene, and we enjoyed watching it unfold. All the parents picking up their kids had some kind of snack for them -- that must be some kind of tradition or regular ...
... with one going to Siena and one going to San Gimignano and bothe leave from bus area 1. Great work by the Italian scheduler, Please use caution! The first bus to arrive is not ours and we confirm that the second one is. So we are on our way to the small hill town of San Gimignano, whose walls were built in the 13th century with gates to regulate who came and went. Most walled city had gates which are really stone arches which either had doors in them or drawbridges. There used to ...
... up at a car park, funny that. It cost a whole €2. It is a hilltop town built in 1203. It is totally encircled by perfectly preserved high walls and still has 7 of its 14 towers. We walked along part of the top of the wall and past the towers overlooking the land that must have once belonged to the people governed by this city. Massive. It is preserved because Brave Sir Robin (not realy sir Robin-only for Monty Python fans) because the brave lord/king at that ...
... lycra Barries EVERYWHERE. Don’t these people have a job?
Straight away I miss the turn onto the A1 highway, **** not again. This time not too much panic as we are still in the suburbs and a quick turn around on the roundabout, another turn over double lines, and I am back behind MotorBike Womby. Phew. All is well in our world.
I am amazed that at 9.30 in the morning we pass a row of extremely good looking girls who are standing by the road. First thought ...
... but it helped us a bit. Notable artists include Botticelli, Raphael, Titian.
When we had finished at the Uffizi, we walked to the Ponte Vecchio - the beautiful bridge over the River Arno. It had started to snow lightly so excitement levels were rising. When we visited the bridge a few days ago, we had noticed a small stage set up in the middle, and wondered what it was. Today we found out it was for ...
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