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A leisurely morning for us with no big plans for the day was welcome after yesterday's crack of early start. Today we decided to take a drive to Montepulciano and Cortona. Montepulciano is most famous for its wines and some of the most beautiful views in all of Tuscany. Of course after a few days it seems that very view in Tuscan is spectacular. Cortona is another lovely town famous for being the setting for Frances Mayes' book Under the Tuscan Sun which was a favourite of my father. ...
... that group and was excited to have experienced "drafting"... thanks to Cinnamon (from central California). Lynn had advised that this was the place to buy wine, and there was a shop that offered free tasting and shipping, so of course we had to check it out. Vince joined me (Hillary was buying linen) while Ken kind of wandered in and wandered out, and we tasted some wonderful wines. Now, since I was still on a bike I did taste, but ...
... houses the venerated image of the Madonna of the Snow. The bell tower and the portico are from the 15th century.
In the neighbourhood are:
The Basilica of San Lucchese.
The Basilica di San Lucchese, is the most significant artistic feature of Poggibonsi, located on a hill near the city (NOT in the city, it appears!). It is a large Gothic church, built around 1252 over a pre-existing church of San Camaldo, traces of which can be seen in the fašade ...
... so narrow in most parts! But eventually we got to the wider section at the bottom and we were out. We walked around the Piazza some more before heading back to the bus stop at the Basilica aforementioned.
It is still SO weird seeing people drive on the right side of the road.
We got on the bus and headed back to the room. It was a peaceful bus drive through Siena as we got view over the city as we ascended.
We finally got back to our street and ...
... not felt by the guys). The Cathedral in Siena was awesome, with mosaics made from an infinite number of colours of marble, and frescos decorated the walls of every nave. We also toured the crypts and climbed the clock-tower for a panoramic view of the old city and the surrounding countryside.
The shopping/touring was exhausting and we finished the day with the usual happy hour and had dinner at a superb restaurant built in a cave. The food was to die for!
Ciao, the ...