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Travel Blogs from Arezzo
... from these events as the churches are really small and taking photos is not allowed as it will disturb the horse. If you do want to see it, find a contrada that does the blessing outdoors. It is a very serious event and we were lucky to witness how the local citizens experience and celebrate on this special day of the year. All were gearing up for this big event with banners, flags and all the seating set up. After the tour we had lunch overlooking the Palazzo IIl Campo and then ...
... had the full workings of the
clock on view and we waited to see the entire mechanism spring into life
and chime the bells for 2 o'clock.
On the 7th of June we drove out to Arezzo to drop our hire car off. We
got a bit lost trying to find the hire car shop but eventually we found
it right across the road from the train station. After we dropped the
car off we spent ...
... at the Pritti Palace. There is an elevated walkway extending from the palace, across the bridge to the main part of the city. This was used by nobles so they didn't have to walk among the commoners.
The main bridge (Ponte Vecchio) is the only remaining original bridge. The others were destroyed during the WW2. This bridge is lined with jewelry merchants. Once across the bridge one is into the main city. The Uffizi Gallery is a street ...
... of people though – and that’s probably part of the issue for us, we get overwhelmed by the massive crowds, and the crowded, noisy streets. Our highlights; meeting a group of kiwis from Hamilton (and talking rugby and travel experiences with them) and seeing the winner of last year’s Australian Masterchef (Julie) along with all of her family.
San Gimi was pretty cool, lots of tall towers, massive views of the countryside and cool ...
... Chiesa di San Domenico' which is where they have what they believe is the head and thumb of St. Catherine, patron Saint of Siena.
I lit a candle here too- can't believe it has been a year.
We went for something to eat afterwards and ate very well but drank even better.
The following morning, we got up and readied ourselves for our much anticipated pool day- only one problem: the pool was closed (out of season.) So instead we had a gravel ...