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... again – just like one we took in 2008.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
So this morning we set out for our very favourite Tuscan town Siena. It is half an hour from Ambra so easy to get to BUT we did get a little lost and then finding a park proved to be very tricky, once again due to the deadly red & white Italian circle which stands for Zona Traffica Limitata – so we needed to avoid getting a fine. Eventually we parked at the Railway Stazione and ...
... This was set high up in the Tuscan hills and had magnificent views. We had to hang around for a while until a volunteer guide arrived to show us around. Initially okay, it turned out to be a great tour. The church had a magnificent alter made of marble. The guide really brought it alive to us becauase he sang to indiciate how good the acoustics were. This was important as the priests had to sing their prayers!! The monastery was huge and ...
Friday 7 November 2014
We decided to revisit Orvieto, leaving much earlier, to allow quality time "browsing-shopping".
The "old city" is situated high up on the hill overlooking the newer city.
You access the "old city" by way of the Funicolare .... This is by far the easiest and quickest route as parking is scarce up in the old city....this is much more fun too!
Orvieto is famous for its ceramics, their ...
Chiusi (Etruscan cave tour & Roman cistern); train to
Sienna (Palio, dinner on main square);
Murlo (great Etruscan museum with stuff from archaeological dig)
Montalcino (via Castion del Bosce -- really exclusive golf course); stayed at Hotel Giglio -- beautiful view from room and fun wine tasting -- tasted Brunello flight in fortress
Montisi (tiny town, very pretty, no tourists)
Montepulciano (saw wine cellars in caves and met Rick Steves ...
... olive trees and fields of sunflowers (drooping in the rain) we finally made it. High up on the hill with views over the countryside and as far as Lago Trasimeno a very large lake, Montepulciano has been known for centuries for its fine Vino Nobile wines. We had arrived later than intended so headed straight to the nearest cafe/restaurant we could find which turned out to be Antico Caffe Poliziano an Art Deco ...