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Siena and Monteriggioni

Tuscany at its best

Today we traveled to Siena, a beautiful town in Tuscany. It was about a two hour bus ride from our hotel. Siena is known for its yearly horse race around the square. It is a beautiful town and we were sorry that we didn't get to spend more time there. It rained off and on today, so umbrellas were kept handy.

This is our group walking from the bus to the town center.
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This is the town center where the horse race occurs around the square

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We took a town tour and ended up at a church made of both white and black marble. We had never seen anything like this before

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After the church we had time on our own and of course we headed to lunch. I had an unusual dish, it was Zucchini flours stuffed with ricotta. The Zucchini flower is what comes first on a plant and the actual Zucchini grows from this flower. It was very good. Kelly's lunch is in the back ground. The meat on his dish is wild boar.

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We then headed back to the bus for the 20 minute ride to Monteriggioni. This is a walled city between Florence and Siena. It is pretty amazing.

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We didn't get to spend a whole lot of time here either. We had a pastry tasting at the winery inside the walls. This also included about three wines we got to taste.

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The winemaker is the great grandson many times over from the original owner of this whole town. He was about 35 years old and very proud of his wine. This is a photo of how they stacked their wine. Kelly wants David to buy and stack his wine like this.

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We then headed back to our hotel. We bought wine from the winery and the bus stopped at a grocery store where we bought cheese, meat and bread. Dinner was all of us sitting around a table in the courtyard listening to Italian music. A very memorable night.
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All in all another great day in Tuscany. Here's our day tomorrow. We change hotels and visit the leaning tower of Pisa.

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Nighty night,

Posted by barbjean 12:37 Archived in Italy

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