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... walk but to be mindful of the wild boars. I found a fig tree so sat and ate all the available ripe figs - only about 4. Then wandered down a bit and saw my first item of wildlife - I think it was a deer - I hope they don't serve "bambi" on the menu here! Breakfast was fabulous. Yoghurt, fresh tropical fruit, tomatoes and mozzarella, scrambled eggs all finished off with a lemon tart and cappuccino - think I might skip the lemon ...
AROUND THE CITY
As we walked around, we passed by the oldest surviving bank in the world - the Monte del Paschi and also Italy's 3rd largest bank. The story goes that when Rome became a religious pilgrimage, people in the north would pass by Siena en route to Rome. The town leveraged the foot traffic by selling goods and offering foreign exchange as a service. This is what started the bank and what made Siena a very prominent city. In fact, Florence and ...
... in history and incomparably beautiful countryside.
After lingering most of the day in this area, we head back to our B & B for a 'freshen up' prior to our ritualistic search for another Tuscan hill which beholds a hidden magical eatery. ...
The night's sleep in our farm B & B was most peaceful and restful. We had a self-contained apartment in the old stone building which was the main homestead. The typical Tuscan farmhouse sits atop an estate of approximately 18 hectares which are mainly cultivated with olive trees. The large garden and panoramic terrace affords views across the surrounding valleys and beyond.
We start the day with a drive toward the Medici Villa ...
Our last five days in Italy... where to go?
First stop was Siena, Florence's smaller, quainter
neighbor to the South. We spent three days exploring the old, walled
city, and soaking up the sun on our little B&B's balcony. We
especially enjoyed lazing in the huge, shelled-shaped Campo (field), a
cobble-stoned expanse that turns into a ...