Day 13 : 18 September : Tuscany Tour


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September 18th 2019
Published: June 4th 2020
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Here we go, here we go, here we go
Day 13 : Wednesday 18 September 2019 : Tuscany Tour

We headed off on our tour (€240) and the day is overcast, our first cool day. We visited Sienna first which we loved. The walled cities are just so endearing, with cobble stone roads and an old worldly look. Siena has extensive views over the green Tuscany landscape. The Piazza del Campo is huge and was famous for hosting the Palio horse race. It is a bare back horse race that last about 75seconds. All they get is a banner.

Onto have lunch and wine tastings. Even the girls get wine tastings so Graham and I had double 😊 . The host was very interesting and we learnt about the limited Chianti Classico region.

Then to the Castle Monteriggioni which was really gorgeous. Quite tiny but you can walk the castle wall and then the old building almost look like limestone buildings.

Then off to the best of best. Yep they kept the best for last. San Gimignano. It was magnificent. Truly breathtaking. I know its ‘just’ another walled city and there’s no grassed parks, but there is an enchantment that comes with these places, and you can imagine life hundred and thousands of years prior. Plus of course it has the best Gelato ever!. We were lucky, the crowds left and thus the constant queue for the best gelato left with them…..yep, gelato for us. The little Tuscan walled towns are just too lovely.

Long day but so nice not to have to think or plan, I especially loved the break. We’re all exhausted and hungry, so we’re off to the Mercato Market for dinner and everyone can have whatever they want. Pretty cool markets, the outside is shopping, the lower floor is fresh food and meat mostly and the upper floor is a big food market offering everything! Everyone can have whatever they want. Alcohol is available too. Love it, too many choices.

Walked 18kms or 26500 steps and 54 floors. CC €0 Cash €55


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Siena - Piazza del Campo he piazza is huge and where they hold the horse race
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Monteriggioni - they welcome you...not sure why.
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Tot: 2.596s; Tpl: 0.021s; cc: 9; qc: 49; dbt: 0.0288s; 2; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 1; ; mem: 1.5mb