Logis Locanda Il Gallo
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... a few extra glasses, as we saw an older woman wear out the electronic chip on her card.
Had a great bit of steak tonight. I had a good chat to the waitress about how to cook steak. Over here they will not cook it well done. They are into 'rare'. So from now on I need to order it medium plus. This will be the equivalent of medium rare. Maybe I should go back to the pasta, which has also turned out to be very, very tasty.
Arrived in Florence around 9PM, the evening was pretty and very warm. Reached our place kinda quickly, as it was close to the station and center of course!
First what welcomed us in Firenze, was beautiful view from tiny balcony of nighty city, all small lights and everybody life just under us and somewhere further mountains. We decided to go for a walk, as weather was fresh and nice, but we ended up in the groceries store getting liters of water and some other stuff and then went ...
... of the grapes and traditional methods of wine making. We learned one of the legends of the Black Rooster that can be found on the label of every bottle of Chianti from that region. It became the symbol of peace between the two Tuscan provinces - Florence and Siena - and from the 1300's became the insignia of the Military League of Chianti. In 1716, the wine produced in this area acquired such prestige that the Grand Duke of Tuscany decided to protect the name and ...
... and St. Marks. We then headed to the famous Il Campo square (famous for the Palio horse race and wonderful James Bond movie opening scene :) ! ) We loved the history of the race and the 17 contrades (neighborhoods of Siena) and their symbols and flags all around the city. On the square, is the Torre del Mangia (city tower) and yes, all 4 of us made it to the top for a spectular view of Siena and countryside. ...
... up, with the hot sun beating down, to the top, to be rewarded with the view of the valley below. Rolling vineyards and beautiful trees, with the mountains off in the distance. We stopped a few times along the way to learn about the Chianti region wines and the strict rules and regulations that the vineyards had to enforce to be able to label their wines Chianti.
We stopped off for a coffee and cake before continuing on to lunch. Lunch was three courses ...