Mon Apr 23 – Road Trip Day Two
Got our car out of the garage for $48 euros (why did we rent a car?). Drove to Siena through stunning hill country with marvelous trees in spring bloom, through tunnels and over bridges to another beautiful, walled, narrow cobble stone street city. We visited the church of St. Catherine, and agreed it was the more ornate and beautiful chapel we’ve seen. Walked about and then decided to head back toward Florence with a stop at San Gimignano way up on a hill overlooking wine fields and known for its wines. With Siena, another of the most stunning walled and gated Italian towns ever. Unfortunately, we parked on a curb and were ticketed, but that didn’t entirely ruin our day. Drove back to Florence, turned in our car (never again will we rent a car in Italy), and bought more wine from our local grocery store. After resting a bit, we walked down the street to a restaurant, were ushered in to a back room, and had the best meals so far in Italy – pasta with pesto for me, veal scaloppini for Barbara, with superb house wine.