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Teatro dei Rozzi

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    • Day 22

      Tuscany for the day

      January 5, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

      I did the bakery run on my own this morning. One by one, we've had a head cold. It's Dave's turn so I let him stay in bed. Today we had a private tour guide (Graziano) pick us up and take us out of Florence for the day. Our first stop was Siena which was about an hour away. The places we visited today were towns inside walls and only local traffic was allowed in. The wind was a bit chilly today and all these places have narrow streets and tall buildings so the warmth of the sun is a bit scarce. We meandered through the streets for an hour or so. Then we headed to a very small village Monte Riggioni where we climbed up on the walls. It was very picturesque and a quaint village. Graziano had asked us earlier if we would like lunch at a winery so of course we said yes. We went to a small family run winery, which is what most of them are. We were greeted by Jessica who looked after us. We went upstairs to a private room and the view was spectacular.
      1: We started off with a light white wine with bruschetta. Toppings: artichoke, olive paste, chicken liver pate, a smoother chicken liver pate, tomato, olive oil. By the way, Brodie was included in the wine tasting as it's legal for him to drink beer and wine. Kellie doesn't like wine but had a taste. Dave usually finished their's off.
      2: Then we had a light red wine with a fresh tomato sauce pasta dish.
      3: An intense red wine with sliced meat and cheeses.
      4: Another red wine, by now I'm confused about all the red wines I have lined up because I'm still on the first. With this wine we had bread and about six different flavoured olive oils to taste.
      5: A dessert wine serve with biscotti. You dip the biscuit into the wine. With this one it was served in a shot glass. Brodie drank it like a shot and turned the glass upside down. It was so funny. By the way this wine 15% alcohol. Hence a little bit giggly. Well it was something we wouldn't really do, but it turned out to be a good experience and will be a highlight. We walked out with 2 bottles of wine and a bottle of olive oil.
      Then we went into the town of San Giminiano for a quick look. The sun was just setting; a beautiful sight. We arrived back in Florence about 6.30pm.
      All in all, a lovely day in the country.

      Photo 1: Siena
      Photo 2 & 3 Monte Riggioni
      Photo 4: Wine tasting
      Photo 5: A picture with Jessica, San Giminiano in background
      Photo 6: Streets of San Giminiano
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    • Day 13

      6. Stopp romantisches Siena

      June 14, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Nachdem wir vorgestern auf dem Campingplatz in Siena angekommen sind, haben wir gestern und heute die Stadt mit all den tollen historischen Bauten und Kleines Gassen erkundet. Hier müsst ihr unbedingt mal her…mitten in der Toskana und einfach nur sehr beeindruckend! Der große Piazza del Campo auf dem noch heute zweimal im Jahr Pferderennen ausgetragen werden, die kleinen Gässchen zum Verlaufen und die tollen kleinen Cafés und Restaurants die zum Verweilen einladen…einfach ganz ganz toll! Achso die beste Eisdiele der Stadt haben wir auch gefunden…das Kaffee-Eis und Pistacchio einfach himmlisch! 🥰Vielleicht fahren wir morgen Abend noch einmal mit dem Fahrrad in die Stadt um die Stimmung der untergehenden Sonne einzufangen und noch ein Eis zu essen…🙈😂😉Read more

    • Day 2

      Risveglio in contrada

      August 29, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Da una buona colazione, forse esagerata, inizia questa seconda giornata. Forse provati dal giorno precedente, ci incamminiamo pigramente alla vista di una città che sta sorgendo.
      Lavoratori e turisti riempivano le strade, profumo di fornai adornano una mattina calda. Ci perdiamo per i vicoli, vivamo la città, sentiamo profumi, vediamo panorami unici e pensiamo alla storia. Tutto qui riporta a quegli anni, e non immergersi nella poesia, risulta blasfemo. Il pranzo ci porta in una piccola osteria, sotto una galleria a tratti aperta.
      Condividiamo il tavolo con due motociclisti cuneesi,perché l'oste, nano arrabbiato, non ci voleva altrove
      Accettiamo i maltrattamenti di brontolo in cambio di un tagliere colmo di bontà divine e un piatto di pasta superlativo. Finiamo il pranzo con del vin santo e tante domande sull' imminente futuro dei due motociclisti visibilmente provati dal vino.
      Ringraziamo brontolo, ci facciamo avvolgere da quest'ultima raffica di mal tempo e risaliamo sul nostro mulo, diretti ancora piu a sud
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