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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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Nov 17, 2006 - Relaxation

What could be more relaxing the lounging around on a deck high above a Tuscan town looking at all the red roofs and gazing at the basilica in the distance. Or maybe taking a stroll on the Campo, grabbing a coffee while you watch the gypsies go after unsuspecting tourists, and then wandering off for a gelato at the other side of the square. Welcome to Siena. Siena sits at he centre of a multitude of Tuscan hill towns that dot the surrounding countryside. Each has it's own charm, but Siena, with it's ornately decorated Romanesque basilica and...

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Nov 7, 2006 - Siena and ooh la la David

After having the most amazing free hostel breakfast (eggs, bacon and toast!) we all hopped on a bus to Siena. We walked around and found the Il Campino (square where they do horse racing every august) It's a big open area in the shape of a seashell and is all made of brick. We stopped for a coffee here and people watched. Found ourselves getting lost but just kept walking around the tiny little streets until we found the Duomo. However, the duomo is currently under restoration so it wasn't that nice. We made our way back to the shopping...

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Oct 8, 2006 - Some Italian Countryside

Tuscany and Umbria Siena We rented a car - A little Fiat Punto! After a beautiful drive through Tuscany from Florence, we ended up in the heart of Siena. Sounds good right? Well, the drive was great! We enjoyed beautiful Tuscan villas and the characteristic skinny and tall cypress trees. We passed what looked like endless vineyards as our mouths watered for some wine. We followed the signs for Siena centro. This is when our drive turned ugly. We actually ended up inside the city walls. Doesn't sound so bad? Well, we drove the wrong way on...

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Sep 20, 2006 - Tuscany

Days 1-10, Tuscany: We had such a good time in Tuscany during our honeymoon a few years ago that we allocated over a week to the region. During our honeymoon we did a pretty good job of canvassing northern Tuscany (the Chianti area, Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, etc.), so we opted instead to explore the southern area. Our first stop was the town of Montalcino, home of the highly regarded Brunello di Montalcino red wine. Montalcino, like many of its neighboring towns, is a small medieval city that sits on a hill overlooking vineyards and...

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Sep 7, 2006 - Siena

Arriving earlier than we thought we again tried to locate a free camp spot using the Sat Nav - again winding up in smaller streets than we preferred to be in! Getting out of there was job number one, finding another free place to park was job number two! We eventually found a suitable car park and we stocked up on some shopping at the nearby supermarket. The boys were desperate for a cold beer, but unfortunately it was to hot outside & the fridges just weren't cold enough to cool down the one's they'd just bought so they went without... The...

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Aug 23, 2006 - Sienna

The next day we caught the bus to Sienna, which cost more than the train for some reason. It was about 20 minutes faster, but was more cramped and bloody hot. Sienna was beautiful. A genuine preserved medieval town with its winding streets glowing in the Tuscan sun. The semicircular town piazza is fantastic, sloping down in a clam shape towards the town hall and bell tower. There was a massive queue to go up the tower so we gave it a miss and explored the town instead. Sienna has some fantastic traditions dating back for centuries where...

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