As we told everybody before we left, there is not much time for travel blogs. But here we go again. From Parma we went to Siena. An amazing town and we were lucky. The Paleo was on that weekend. We were early at the hotel so enough time to walk to the city. Just two kilometres so not to bad. Only it was 36 degrees, that makes it a little harder. It was all the way up for the city is on top of a mountain, but the towns people were so clever to put in escalator's so the last bit was very nice. We went to the central place where the race is held, that was the next day. We walked around the city sight seeing for there was that much to see. We made a stop at a restaurant for a real Italian pasta meal Very nice with an icy cold beer that went down very well. Now we had to go back lucky it was all down. Next day was the real show. We made sure we were there early. The streets were packed. The people were wearing shawls that were showing the colours of their suburbs and
love the lions
the horse they supported. The whole afternoon you saw the different groups going through the streets, drums telling you get out the way we are coming. At certain paces they make a stop and handle their very big flags with ease. They twist them around an. d as last throw them high up in the air to catch them on the way down, amazing. We did not see the real race due to good advise. You have to stand in the middle piazza till the whole race is finished. No drinks no toilets. We did not want to risk that so we watched it on the television. We had a very nice time in Siena. On the way to Naples we stopped in Tivoli. In Cesar's time that was a holiday place for rich Romans. High up in the mountains it certainly was a lot cooler than Rome. Only staying the night. We visited a Villa called Est. Build by one of the Cesar's, in B C. The rooms had beautiful paintings. Most amazing were the fountains. the water is fuelled from a small river and guided through channels to the different fountains and waterfalls. It makes it a very
cool place, where you could spend a few hours to recuperate from the heat. As for Parma we could not find it a interesting city. Apart from the cheese and prosciutto, we only saw a few interesting buildings. Now of to Naples. That will be another story.
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