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Chianti Sculpture Park

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  • Day3

    A day out in Siena

    June 1, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Today we went into Siena and had a look around. It's not a big city but the centre is beautiful with lots of medieval buildings and winding streets. The centre square is actually semicircular and strangely dished down towards the old town hall which is now a fine museum. The rooms in the museum are totally covered with frescos dating to the 1400's, and there is a chapel where the choir stalls are each decorated with inlaid marquetry scenes, which appear original. This square is where the famous horse race - the Palio - takes place , but I can't imagine how they do it with the centre packed by crowds for hours. On to the cathedral which is very ornate but magnificent, with amazing scenes imbedded in the floor in coloured marble, and some Michaelangelo statues. We had a late lunch in a small bar/restaurant known to Jacqui and Rob, and stopped afterwards for obligatory icecream.Read more

    Tim Lynette Wilkins

    Marquetry in the choir stalls in the Palazzo chapel

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    Tim Lynette Wilkins

    Duomo

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    Tim Lynette Wilkins

    Frescos in the library attached to the Duomo

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  • Day4

    Wine tastings

    June 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    After a morning relaxing in the garden and pool we went to visit a couple of nearby vineyards, one just down the road and one a little further but with a fine castle. This is Chianti country and I've been surprised and delighted with the quality of wines here. Even the house wines by the jug in the restaurants have been really good. I guess in my mind I think of Chianti as the cheap stuff we used to get in England in straw covered bottles, but I've been really impressed with the quality of these wines.
    In the evening we went to a restaurant that is Michelin star quality in Radda in Chianti and had a wonderful meal. This is very much on the tourist circuit and all the diners were non-Italian.
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