Travel Blogs from Chianciano Terme
Today was our cooking day. Lesley picked us up and drove us to her house in another nearby village. She is from England , but has lived in Italy for 11 years. She had Lisenna helping, who only spoke Italian. We made 4 courses. For our antipasti we made La Ribollita, or Tuscan bean soup. Our first course was gnocchi with a cheese sauce. We added spinach and tomato paste to some of the potato to make them green, red and white. Our second ...
... with lots of outdoor restaurants in several busy Piazzas. We also drove to Le Celle of St. Francis. It was a monastery built about 1211 by St. Francis and his followers as a place to come and pray. The "cells" were big enough for a bed, table and chair. Currently there are 7 Friars who live there and practice the teachings of St. Francis. It was a beautiful place just to walk through the forest and enjoy nature. When we arrived at our bed and breakfast, the woman knew ...
... the cellar walls had nesting holes for pigeons, pigeon raising a worthy occupation. While there are intersecting passages now, most of the cellars were accessed only from the house above. During WW II, the cellars became air raid shelters. The hospital expanded its cellar, and also created another entry.
Whilst it was always prestigeous to be on the high side of town, the disadvantage was that you had to dig deeper to find ...
About the Palio: http://www.ilpalio.org/palioenglish.htm
I had arranged ahead of time to attend a dinner with one of the local "contrade" which are communities of Siena. I was assigned to the "Contrada Sovrana dell' Istrice" - The Porcupines. I found a scarf for my group and looked forward to the evening. This is VERY serious business. I didn't realize that the Palio is such a passionate event based on contrada pride! ...
... meat as there was a huge blob of red meat at the center of the the room as a centerpiece/display. Kenny was really enjoying that view...everything was very proper and elegant which is nice to do once in awhile. The meal was not our fav but decent. Kenny will search for a restaurant in the town over... which is a 10min walk and hopefully find Something more authentic, Which is our preference. The room is very comfortable and we were looking to rest. We did so much in ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
- Free parking