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Sep 18, 2018 - Stage 25 Rest Day Siena

Everyone explored Siena separately. Tom and spent much of the day walking to the train station and planning our trip on trains with bikes, back to Switzerland from Rome. Found a great GF shop along the way. Everything GF. Fresh croissants. Etc. At the station we had a very helpful ticket man. Who had lots of patience. Bought tickets. Chatted with an enterprising young woman from Florida in the station bar. She’s setting up a wine import business. In fact at age of about 25 she seemed to be doing everything.. and was desperate to surf in...

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Sep 17, 2018 - Stage 24 San Gimignano to Siena

Overview/ Highlights Sealed roads initially then we were on white Tuscan gravel roads for quite a while. Included some steep climbs. Quite tough cycling. Followed a lovely rail trail for 6km into our morning tea stop at Colle di Val D’Elsa. A large cafe on the town square few drops of rain whilst there but nothing serious. Supermarket stop in the way out of town then back onto white gravel roads. Saw a few other cycle tourers as well as some cycle tour company groups. Took a sealed road to our lunch stop at an old fort/village on the top...

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Jul 27, 2018 - Siena

Siena Arrived in Siena on the 22nd by bus as there was a train strike in Firenze.. but at least we made it without any hassles !! Siena is incredibly beautiful, we are really enjoying being here, the tight streets and walls that enclose the main area of Siena are filled with history and bustling with atmosphere, every corner you turn has s historic church Duomo or fountain, the piazza del campo is really large and very impressive it would have been amazing to be here for the horse race!! then you walk to the top on the hill on the slight...

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Europe Holiday 2018

Jun 5, 2018 - Breakaways 'Treasures of Tuscany' June 5, 2018 Siena Sightseeing

Buonjourno Following breakfast we are all ready at 9am for our transfer to Siena, however it doesn't show until 10am - apparently the driver slept in!  Walter wouldn't have done that.  Not to worry, we still arrived in Siena in plenty of time for our guided tour.   We met up with our Italian tour guide and although we had head sets, it was very difficult to hear her and her sing song Italian accent was a challenge for most of us.   Among the sights visited were the Museo Civico in the Palazzo Public containing 13th century frescoes and the...

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Jun 2, 2018 - Castles and Chianti

Saturday 2nd June: An afternoon in Chianti. This morning was very leisurely as we had booked a tour “Castles and Chianti” for the afternoon. We were picked up by Daniel from the hotel at 2pm and, after collecting another six people, set of for the castle. This was Montiriggione, high up on a hill not far out of Siena. We were given half an hour to wander around and appreciate the view and the old citadel. As it was a public holiday, there were many people out enjoying the same and the lovely weather. Then we drove through the very...

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Jun 1, 2018 - Siena

Friday 1st June: Another day in Siena. This time we planned to get up earlier and beat the crowds to the Duomo, etc. It was lovely walking through Siena with few people about but the plans went awry when we found that nothing opened before 10am. So we filled in time wandering and then headed for the museum which contained many of the original artefacts taken from the Duomo. This was also the entry to the Panorama del Facciatone, the abandoned nave of the extension to the cathedral that was never completed. It is accessed by a tiny entrance...

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May 29, 2018 - Siena

Tuesday 29th May: Part of our package included a walking tour of Siena and we booked it for late this morning. The hotel is about 3km out of the city but the bus stops at the door in both directions so it was not hard to reach the city. The bus trips were fast and furious as the Sienese bus drivers seem to run to a very tight schedule. We found our way to the side of the Campo where we were to meet the guide and as we had time we booked a tour called Chianti and Castles for Saturday afternoon. A number of other people joined the walking...

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May 28, 2018 - Siena

Monday 28th May: A day of traveling: Time now to move from Sorrento to Siena. We had booked our tickets on the train for 10.15am so did not have to rush. Donatella came in to see us off after breakfast and we said goodbye to her and Daniella who had looked after us very well. We were fortunate in having the B&B totally to ourselves for three nights and scarcely saw the other guests on the other two nights. The time in Sorrento was very pleasant and relaxing (apart from the day trips away!). After the short walk back to the station, this...

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May 11, 2018 - Siena and my Italian school

Just at the end of the first of two weeks at language school, here in Siena. I am in a very personalised class, with only 1 other student! This week, there were only 20 students in total at the school, spread over 5 different levels. I was placed in the most advanced class currently being taught (the more advanced classes that are theoretically available are for university students or for students where Italian is effectively their mother tongue, but there were no such students at the school now). So, I’m obviously making good progress...

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Oct 2, 2017 - It’s been a hard day’s walk and I have been feeling like a dog........

Saturday was our walk to a winery in the hills out from San Gimignano. I am with heavy head cold and fruity chest.Blah! Nonetheless, Codral tabs frequently and antibiotics must surely kick in sooner or later. The sun is glorious. We are off to walk to Carlesi Zucconi winery run by an englishman, can you believe.! Gabriele is a little concerned about the laxity of this man’s phone response, when trying to organise a light lunch and wine tasting. The walk is beautiful, winding down to creeks and up the other side of the hill, through olive...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Siena

Siena is comprised of 17 Districts, each with its own flag and style of street lights. The Districts offer a wide range of names such as the noble sounding 'Dragon District', 'Panther District' and the 'She-Wolf District'. But at the other end of the spectrum are less imposing names, such as 'The Snail District', 'The Noble Conch Shell District' and 'The Noble Caterpillar District'. We are staying, I am proud to say, in the 'Noble Eagle District'. Flag waving is taken seriously (and competitively) here, ranging from the kids we saw...

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Italy - Finally!

Sep 11, 2017 - Moving on to Siena, Tuscany

So, yesterday morning we left Vernazza for Siena where we had booked four nights at a B & B. We were thinking of stopping in Florence for a night or two to give us a day there, but we’re both kind of liking staying a bit longer at each location. We can always take the bus or train ride into Florence one day if we feel like it, rather than stay overnight there, but we’ll have to see how that goes. Davide, the husband of our Vernazza Rooms accommodation, came up to our room at 10am yesterday morning and, once again, lifted both bags (one on...

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Italy - Finally!

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