Agriturismo La Fonte
Travel Blogs from Pienza
Day 10: Assisi – Siena - Assisi
After breakfast we will head south to Siena, the birthplace
of Saints Catherine (Doctor of the Church, and one of the two patron
Saints of Italy, with St. Francis of Assisi) and Bernardine (known as
the “Apostle of Italy” for his efforts to revive the Catholic faith in
the 15th century). Siena is also one of Italy’s loveliest medieval
cities. Here we ...
... align: justify; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 235);">PANTERA (Panther) a rampant panther. Red and blue with white bands.
SELVA (Forest) a rhinoceros bearing a huge tree hung with hunting implements. Green and orange-yellow with white bands.
Siena was a beautiful Mediaeval town in Tuscany. We got a tour of a church, which was very creepy because it had the patron saints skull covered in wax, and her finger. Then we walked around and learned the history of the different neighborhoods in the city and about the twice annual horse race that occurred there. We were in the Rhino ...
... br> Rick Steves' travel books have been the backbone of everything we have done in Europe. I had also downloaded his audio tours for various museums and city walkabouts. In the menu of podcasts are Rick's interviews with various people connected to an area. One such interview was with the author, sailor and vintner Ferenc Mate. He has written several books, one of which is A Tuscan Vineyard. I bought ...
Another damp day but not as bad as Sunday. After breakfast, we headed off to Pienza, a local town about 40 minutes away. There is a famous church up there that has not been altered since it was 1463. The Cathedrale Di Santa Maria Assunta The floor slopes down at the front near the alter and there are some major cracks in the wall and floor. We wandered around the town and tried to buy some local sheep cheese but the man in the shop could only serve ...