Our original plans were to go to Florence for the day, but the tour driver did not know how to get to our Villa. So, the 4 hour walking tour of Florence was rescheduled for Wednesday and we drove to Siena today. We got to Siena at about noon and did not leave until 4:00+PM. On the way to Siena we traveled through the heart of the Chianti Classico wine country and enjoyed the countryside views.
When we arrived in Siena we parked at the parking area for the local Futball (Soccer) stadium and then walked to see the Duomo. Vicki and I both commented on the Soccer facility in light of the years we spent at Soccer fields with our girls.
We bought the All-inclusive pass to get us into all of the major areas. We started with the Duomo, which is the Catholic Church that was started in 1220 and completed in 1370. The church as simply amazing considering considering when it was built. And it was a reminder of the power and wealth of the Church during that era. After the Doumo we moved to the city center to see the large plaza.
While in Siena we had a light lunch at a small restaurant that was recommended by Rick Steves! It was as advertised. Following lunch Vicki and Ann had to shop on the way back to the car.
After Siena we drove back to the Villa through Chianti and stopped at Greve in Chianti to have dinner. Greve has a very quaint City Center and lots of vino. Greve is known as the heart of Chianti country and the home of the best Chianti wine in the world. Based upon our sampling we can attest to that claim!
After a week in Italy we have not had a day that was not highlighted by excellent Vino and Italian food. Fortunately, we have also been doing a lot of walking to offset the impact of food and wine.
Tomorrow are plans are to go to Pisa and then to Florence on Wednesday. We are taking between 150-250 photos each day, so look for them on my SmugMug photo site after we return.