22.06.2014 - 22.06.2014
Leaving Rome (as a family of 5) we headed north towards Florence. We decided to go via Siena for lunch on the way and have a bit of a look about, as many people had recommended it. They were certainly right, it is a lovely place and the most attractive city we have seen so far in Italy. The streets are very clean and the homes are very well cared for.
We parked outside of town and walked into the old city to see the piazza known as il Campo, the cathedral and duomo made of attractive coloured marble. The cathedral is very ornate and was built around 1215 with many sculpted gargoyles and beautiful paintings. Apparently the inside is impressive but we didn't have time to go inside as we needed to make a move to get to our accommodation outside of Florence at a decent hour.
The narrow alleyways and tall buildings in ochre tones make the city very attractive for walking. The shops were great, with lots of leather bags and shoes and some beautiful ceramics in the Tuscan syle. These were very tempting and I purchased some smaller things to take back as gifts. We had a nice lunch followed by gelato and then back to the car.
Dylan clowning around in town, apparently these rings in the walls are to tie up your horse
We had about an hours drive to get to our villa. The scenery was spectacular and had everything you would imagine from movies about Tuscany with cultivated fields of grapes, olives and even sunflowers, rolling hills topped with villages or villas and pencil pines.
We arrived at our accommodation which was perfect and went for a swim to cool off.
Tonight I cooked for the first time after buying some delicious things from the deli in Siena. Italian produce really is something special and it makes cooking so simple. It was lovely to eat as a family again