The smaller towns and countryside of Tuscany are impossible to visit without a car. So I booked a day tour with a company called Tuscan Escapes. On the agenda: pick up in Siena, a tour of San Gimignano, some wine tasting and sightseeing in the Chianti region, and drop off in Cortona.
We headed south after Pisa, the geography getting hillier and greener as we approached Siena.
Siena is a hilly, pretty city with one of the most beautiful piazzas in Italy (Piazza del campo), the 2nd highest tower in Italy (Torre del Mangia), and the most impressive Duomo (cathedral) I’ve ever seen. The interior of the Duomo is absolutely jaw dropping. It is a city full of churches, museums, and great views over the surrounding countryside.
Vernazza, one of the 5 villages in the Cinque Terra, is idyllic in many ways. In other ways it is another example of rampant tourism.
Geographically it is gorgeous. The town is built up on the steep cliffs that surround the harbor. Pastel colored houses, small windy alleys decorated with potted plants, laundry hung out to dry from green-shuttered windows. A small fort on the harbor. It is a walker’s delight, each alley seems to bring yet another beautiful [Read more...]
Every corner of Venice is another painting. Three days we walked the city, usually getting lost. Tons of alleys, little bridges over canals, squares with churches. The detail is everywhere and the beauty [Read more...]