A partial travel day. We left Rome in the morning. Drove through some beautiful country. We stopped around 11 AM in Siena where we visited it’s medieval center. Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We went through a Gothic 13 century Duomo and its museum. We walked down to the Il Campo, a sprawling, fan-shaped piazza which is famed for its annual Palio horse race. The preparations are well on their way for the horse race which takes place in July.
We ate a quick 1 hour lunch at the GalloNero trattoria.
Back on the bus we drove to a nearby hill town called Chiusdino and explored the Cistercian Abbey of San Galano. This is suppose to be the original story of the sword in the stone legend. Galano who was a Knight Templar decided to lay down his arms and thrust his sword into the stone. We also visited the church without a roof. Our guide came robed as Dante for his talk at both places.
After a short break we continued on to our hotel in Florence. On our own for dinner, we went to a trattoria and got something to eat.
No matter how much we try, it is always late by the time we get in bed. Must have something to do with not starting dinner until after 9:00 PM.