Posts Tagged With: Tuscany

Siena, Italy

            Continuing the countdown to Italy 2012, I am looking back at Italy 2006.  We decided to stay in

Siena, which is not far from Florence.  We wanted a smaller, more relaxing town to stay in, rather than navigating through a large city like Florence.  One of my favorite days on this trip was the wine tasting

lunch.  We booked it from home with a walking tour before arriving in Italy.  I remember having lobster tail, I never eat lobster, but this was the best I ever had.  It’s too easy to make it rubbery, but this was

perfect.  We were in the Chianti region, so we were to taste 4 wines.  Our hostess was Alessandra, and she treated us like we were her family.  I apologize, I can’t find the name of the company we used.

I mentioned that I like dessert wine, so she went down to the cellar and brought a red and white up.  Yum.  We ended up shipping about 10 bottles of wine home, a couple we still haven’t opened!

Siena is a medieval town, surrounded by walls  that is famous for its twice yearly horse race, Corsa del Palio,  which goes around the  main square, Piazza del Campo.  One of the most beautiful churches in the town is the

Siena Duomo, which was built between 1215 and 1263.  A distinguishing feature is the black and white striped pillars along with the walls of the clerestory.  Part of our walking tour included a tour of the

nearby medieval hill town in Tuscany, San Gimignano.  Since it is high in the hills, there are beautiful views of the Tuscan landscape.  We were going to take a day trip to Florence, but never made it.

Instead, we rented a car and toured the Tuscan countryside, where we ended up in Pisa and Volterra (previous post).  First time I had ever seen grape vines!  So if you ever decide to visit Tuscany,

I recommend renting a car to explore on your own, if you don’t take part of a tour.

view from San Gimignano

yes, we tasted all that wine!
Main square
Siena Duomo
Bike in front of shop window
street in Seina
Advertisements
Categories: fun pics, Italy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An unexpected surprise-Volterra

Volterra street

Sunset over Volterra
Jim on a Volterra street
Volterra up ahead
View from Volterra, Italy

As my countdown to Italy continues, I am looking back at our first trip

together to Italy in 2006.  We were staying in Siena for a few days, and decided

to rent a Smart car to explore Tuscany.  We headed north to Pisa, and on the way

back, took a route closer to the coast.  We were driving along and saw this town

high in the hills.  We decided to stop and check it out.  Wow, Volterra is a

beautiful little town overlooking Tuscany.  We parked in a garage and started

walking around.   Above the town, we saw a really cool  building and wondered

what it was.  It turned out to be the Medici Fortress, a high-security prison.

I found out later, that on Fridays, a gourmet restaurant inside is open to the

public served by inmates!  It is quite popular, and reservations are required.

But we ate a different restaurant, and it was one of the best meals I had in Italy.

Volterra is known for selling items made of alabaster. Personally, I was not

interested in those souvenirs, even though they had some really nice things.

My favorite part was being able to see the sunset over the hills of Tuscany.

Some of the best things that happen on a trip were never planned!

high security prison in Volterra

Categories: fun pics, Italy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: