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Jun 10, 2008 - Siena

Well Tuscany is all it promises to be. The rolling hills covered in vineyards and olive groves, the Tuscan villas, the medieval towns that cling to the hill tops and a beautiful place to go cycling! We set up camp just outside of Siena and had a couple of days wondering around the town, exploring the winding medieval streets, now lined with designer shops, pizza and gelato shops. The main centrepiece of the town is the square called Il Campo which houses a 103m bell tower, which you can climb and is home to a famous horse race (that I...

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May 2, 2008 - Orvieto and Sienna

Orvieto is another hilltop town that we first noticed driving down from Florence on the AutoStrada. Orvieto is known for its excellent white wine, which we enjoyed one evening. We share the comments of other travelers to Italy, that the Churches seem to define the town. Orvieto has a nice chuch but what stood out the most was the organ. Several ranks of pipes were arranged around the church and we suspect that a highlight would be to hear that organ. It is said by some that Siena is the best preserved Medieval town, although many of these...

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Apr 15, 2008 - Siena Italy

We decided to head to Siena today. It is a historic city first settled back in 900 – 400 BC, the symbol which you see everywhere is a she-wolf with two infants suckling. We received fantastic directions from Doris & Doug once again. The drive to Siena was beautiful and confusing again. We have come to the realization that there are lots of signs, but they do not tell your when you have arrived at your destination. We found a map and started heading towards the Duomo which is a historic church built back in the 12th century. The...

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Feb 4, 2008 - Siena

Then it was off to Siena where they have an annual event of horse racing around the Campo (City Square). Lots of wandering around cobbled streets again with an amazing array of very modern shops inside medieval buildings, quite a mix. Rob and I had some magnificent gelati even though it was only 10C.

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Jan 18, 2008 - We Make Italian Wives Scold Their Husbands.

Day 9. 1/18. Firenze, Siena, San Gimignano, Italia. We woke up early, and not bright and early, dark... literally dark and early. I basically slept walk over to the train station to meet the bus for our first excursion! It was about an hour drive in the typically portrayed vineyards and rolling hills of Tuscany to arrive at Florence's enemy city, Siena. This fortified city is the birthplace of St. Catherine, so first of we met our guide, Lucia, to see the head and right thumb relics of this saint. Those were in the church of St. Dominic....

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La Dolce Vita!

Nov 23, 2007 - Siena

First we went to Siena. We saw the Church of San Domenico, II Campo, Duomo, and the City Tower. I liked the City Tower the best because after the 300 step climb, the view of Tuscany was amazing. We also went to and walked around in Radda and Castellina, both Tuscan hill towns in the Chianti Region. Lastly we went to an olive pressing plant producing olive oil in Gaiole and also bought some. One cool thing about the kind of olive oil we saw being pressed is that it is green right after it is pressed, not yellow as we are used to it being...

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Italy nov. 2007

Nov 8, 2007 - Stumbling through Siena

We arrived in Siena on Thursday and spent the first hour walking up the wrong hill to our accommodation (they do not seem to like street signs in this place). We then walked all the way back to the round about where we started and luckily found an advertisement on a bus stand that outlined how to get to our hotel. We finally arrived at the Best Western Hotel, which was up near the hospital and we zonked. We spent the rest of the arvo relaxing and then had dinner at our hotel (which was surprisingly good). Friday further demonstrated our...

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Oct 7, 2007 - what a way to spend a birthday! More photos added Oct 13

I have had a great day in Tuscany, the place i am in is Siena. The only city with a wall built around it and still standing! This morning went into the center early, before the crowds and enjoyed a cappuccino with a few old men! I made my way to the center plaza and struck conversation with a lady from Virginia, her husband was climbing to the top of the clock tower...hmmm maybe i will do that! The cost was 7 Euro, it was October 7, 7 is my lucky number...i was convincing myself to go, even though my fear of heights was also kicking in. 400...

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Oct 3, 2007 - Tuscany Day 2 - Siena

Wednesday, 03 October, Tuscany Day 2 - Siena Another day to jump in the car and explore Tuscany further. Today, we chose the small city of Siena. This is indeed where the name of the colour comes from, and is derived from the colour of the soil in the area. We didn't know much about Siena, but it seemed like as good a place as any. So off we headed, finding ourselves in Siena about an hour later. Siena is also a walled city, but in this case, the city itself has grown much beyond it's walls, so we parked as close as we could, just outside...

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Sep 17, 2007 - Rome to Florence

Early start again. Bus driver is rather nice - Enzo! Off to Siena en route to Florence. Siena - narrow streets - home of the famous horse race - beaut day there. Drive through Tuscany to Florence - just like the picture post cards. Sightseeing in Florence - Cathedral, gates of Paradise, Signonia Square and the tombs of Galileo & Michelangelo - also eyed up the shopping. Developed a novel system of drying clothes??? - won't admit how? Dinner in the hotel - Christine and I are creating a name for ourselves - not sure whether that is good.

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Where is Shirley?

Aug 18, 2007 - Tuscany - Wine Country

Day 6 and thanks to many of your contributions, a personal chauffeured tour of wineries in the Tuscan hills was planned. Stephano picked us up and after a brief discussion of our plan/requirements it was off. The drive through the countryside was beautiful. Rolling hills of row after row after row of grape vines as far as the eye can see. As far as we can remember (this was wine-tasting day after all) we were heading out towards Siena passing through many villages and small towns whose names were lost on us by the end of the day...

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Jun 25, 2007 - Gladly walking Siena

The ceiling fan made all the difference in this room. The high ceilings and large space were cool in the morning as the bell echoed through the cobbled streets. We headed toward the plaza but first flat bread heated sandwiches and expresso were breakfast. We watched the steady flow of regulars come in and exchange whatever news, like who are these two stupid Americans smiling at. We finished and headed for the Plaza. Twice a year the town makes Siena's main plaza into a horse track. Just add 16,000 people, tons of sand, bareback riders and...

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