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... Cortona has a gorgeous view. For Jay's views on Italian towns and the experience of driving to them, see him as this blog is PG.
We walked through the town discovering many tiny art galleries and shops selling hand crafted goods. There were quite a few places to buy leather bags and shoes at really good prices but I did not come here to shop,sigh. I did buy a little something for someone special though.
We took a few pictures throughout Cortona hoping to ...
... small town for a fortifying pasta lunch, preparing us for the climb into Monte Oliveto Abbey/Monestary.
The next segment was 11k, and mostly all up, but I decided to wear off the pasta and joined Ken for the ride. It was definitely doable, and we made it to the Abbey with no issue. During the ride, it started to sprinkle and the weather cooled off significantly. By the time we got to the Abbey, it was raining and during ...
... of the destroyed Poggiobonizio, from the early 13th century. It was discovered in 1803.
Castello della Magione, once home of the Knights Templars, and then given to the Knights Hospitallers after the Templars were abolished in 1312, is on the Via Francigena. The small church has a single nave ending with a noteworthy apse. The complex is currently the headquarters of the Militia Templi.
In the frazione of Staggia Senese is a notable castle (Rocca), probably ...
... the table of the owner. So cute!
Eventually we got our food, after a long wait. We only ordered fries and a pizza. Our fries came out way earlier than the pizza - which was fairly annoying. But hey. You move on!
It was actually a very very delicious pizza, and probably the most rustic in authenticity we have seen! So it was worth it!
After dinner we got some night photos before heading to our room to relax before our first full day here in Siena tomorrow. Ciao!
... vacuum packaged it is okay to bring into Canada. Our next stop was the lovely Medival town of Siena. It's got the biggest piazza and they is a horse race every year there. We had some shopping time and then went to the Cooking School of Siena. Lella Cesari Ciampoli was our chef. We made a meat sauce with homemade pasta noodles, a pleasant soup with a tomato base and tiramisu for dessert. Fun times. No on our way back we got stuck in football game traffic! Now packing for ...