Relais La Saracina
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... houses many if the original sculptures of saints which originally adorned the center isle, the exit was through a very ornate chapel which housed the gift shop.
We found a cafe and had lunch before continuing. Next was the crypt, this was only discovered in 1999, it has walls completely covered in pintura a secco (dry painting) dating back to the 1200's, they were in excellent condition. Our last visit on this square was the ...
... all the dogs here are well looked after, we haven't seen any strays wandering about. We have also noticed a lot of women in Italy wear real fur coats, it's something we don't see any more in the UK. I have to admit that they do look very classy, but I would never wear one. When we started the engine to charge the batteries up we noticed a smell of diesel, Les thinks it might be the fuel pump again, if you remember ...
... into the buildings there are courtyards, some have wells in them and others are decorative, on many street corners there are plaques with dedications carved into marble or religious paintings covered over with glass The large square of Plazza de Campo has been the civic and social centre for 600 years, at the top is the Happy Fountain, it then slopes down to the 14th century Town Hall with a 102 meter high bell tower, next door is another grand ...
... it was enormous, with pews only in the very front section which would still seat an army.
Then I was big, big, amazed. In an alcove surrounded by many wall paintings was what looked like a nuns head behind glass. Sure enough, it is St. Caterina's head, preserved since the 1300's. It just looked like an older woman. Me thinks it amazing! (Apparently her body is preserved in Rome).
Note, when we arrived in Pienza last night we ...
... Everything La Bandita, especially Martina
Claibourne lowlight - stress around the next 2 days, since I "planned" Saturday and Sunday in Tuscany
Christine highlight - the whole day!
Christine lowlight - the cold rain in Orvieto. If it's going to rain and be 40 degrees, it might as well drop a few degrees and snow.