Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Italy #2

Friday we did set off for Siena.  Even though we took the highway there, it was still beautiful.

It was foggy in the morning, but it burned off by about 10:30.  It was so beautiful to see.

We didn't spend too much time in Siena though, since it is a larger city and we just weren't really in the mood for that.  Aaron had researched restaurants and we went to one that has been in the same family for 4 generations.  Right now the Mother cooks the food with the help of an sister, and the Father and daughter do the serving and clearing.  It was a fun place, with really great food.

If you are ever in Siena, look up Osteria Nonna Gina.

We asked the waitress (daughter) about wine tastings and places she likes to go around there for that, and she sent us to the little town of Asciano.  The town wasn't that great itself, but the drive there was absolutely wonderful!

Saturday we headed back into Cortona in the daylight, since the other time we had been there it was evening and dark.  We got into town just about noon, when the street market was closing up.  I was able to pick up an Italian leather purse and some scarves before they shut down completely though.

We then headed into a little wine bar (recommended by our B&B host) and tasted some very yummy wines with meats and cheeses.  We ended by having an even more yummy dessert wine with an oh so good chocolate fudge/cake. MMMMM

Once again trying to get a picture of the castle on the hill above our B&B

Sunday we had to head back to Amsterdam. We miss Italy.  We really enjoyed our week there, and wish that we could stay for longer.  We will be back.

The whole group of pictures from the week is located here in the folder, Under The Tuscan Sun.


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