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Day 31-33 - Monday-Wednesday, 23-25th September

Pool day, Florence, Chiusdino, Piombino, Volterra

semi-overcast 24 °C

Had a lovely day off on Monday, it was wet in the morning and we all unanimously decided to have a sleep in. Did a few chores, and by that time the sun was out again, so Michele, JT and I headed off for a walk around the area. There are a few CAI trails around (Italian walking authority), marked with the red and white stripes on rocks and fences. Sounds a bit hap hazard, but it works quite well! Had a good hours walk and managed to circle back to the house without disturbing any pigs (lots of signs of them though). The lads cooked dinner, using the recipes learnt at the cooking class as a base. Yummy!
Tuesday we decided to visit Florence. Managed to locate the same parking area we’d used from our previous trip 3 years ago, so it was only a wee walk through the artisan streets, then across the Arno (above the Ponte Vecchio) and we were there. Went to the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica Di Santa Maria Novella Firenze, a marvellous look back into the original pharmaceuticals industry, and it is still a functional perfume and soap etc maker. After wandering around some of the sights, and a coffee, I managed to drag everyone into the most amazing fabric store.....$$$$$ on the fabrics, but such an amazing place. Did buy a length of rayon for a top at JT’s insistence ????
The shop has been around for generations, and was responsible in the early ‘50’s, for the first catwalk show in Firenze, and the first fashion shot in the city in the square outside the shop....about 100m from the duomo!!!
More sights before heading back for a Tuscan sausage pasta meal at the villa.
Wednesday we decided to see the Mediterranean coast...and our host had invited us to dinner, so full day. Headed off towards Piombino, and along some lovely countryside, then found this little hilltop town of Chiusdino. It’s famous for the Italian version of the sword and the stone saint being born there. Now that’s a story for tomorrow.
Then on to Piombino, lovely seaside town. Enjoyed wandering around the marina, ogling the fancy yachts and launches. Lots of history around Napoleon B. but we simply had a picnic, dipped our toes in the med and toured on.
The next stop was Volterra, another hilltop town, larger then the others we’ve been to. Finished our wanderings with a gelato, getting very picky where we buy these now! Then back to Santa Colomba for our dinner date.

Posted by EMTHOMSON 10:23 Archived in Italy

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