The past few days have been spent gardening at the farm , eating gorgeous food, learning a few Italian words, running up hills, helping Elliot (9yrs) with his Photoshop project and generally relaxing.
Yesterday (Saturday) however, we headed off to Sienna for the day. The walled, gothic city has historically been in competition / conflict with Florence, with both cities invading the other in an attempt to gain dominance as the leading trade city. The cobbled and very hilly streets snake off in all directions making us check the map at every turn. Our first stop was the magnificent Cathedral. The Duomo, whilst not as large as the one in Florence, was even more decorative both outside and in. Not an inch of wall or ceiling was was left untouched by beautiful, fine decoration. We then headed to the Bapstistry and Crypt followed by a stomp up the tower to get an amazing view of the city and beautiful Tuscan countryside.
There is an ongoing debate as to which city is the best, Florence or Sienna. Our vote goes to Florence because although Sienna had consistently historic style and a great feel, we felt Florence had more to offer and had a few more stunning pieces of architecture.
We then drove to Cortona for our evening meal, booked under the name Roberto Fellinni. It was lucky we booked, as the restaurant, Trattoria Toscana, was so busy it was turning people away! It was a very quaint restaurant where we enjoyed an antipasta and pasta primi washed down with a drop of house red!!!
Today, Easter Sunday has been such a lovely day! Despite it snowing (yes snowing) we've spent the day with our Italian family's family and friends. Wine, roasted goat!!!!, bubbly, risotto, games, laughter, oh and a few bits of chocolate (thanks to the lovely Lisa!!!!).
Safe to say, Sonja and I are feeling very at home here!!!! :-)