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Hello Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy


This morning we woke to the remnants of the previous days storm, with a hazy cloud cover over Assisi. As now was not the time for panoramic photos of the city, we headed to brekky followed by a walk into the centre, all up hill of course, for a coffee overlooking the Basilica of St Francis.

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By 9.30 the cloud began to disappear and we made our way to Rocca Maggiore……or so we thought. Following the map we headed down a path that we believed was leading us to this medieval building, before deciding it was actually leading us up the ‘garden path’.

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Back tracking down from whence we came, we asked for directions before heading off on a different path, through the city lane ways of Assisi, before finally coming across the Rocca Maggiore, but not before drowning in a sea of sweat. Parting with our standard €5 we entered the medieval building which was erected as a German feudal castle in 1174.

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During a popular rising the Duke Conrad of Lutzen was driven away and the Rocca was demolished and re built in 1367 and still stands as it is today.

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There is a marvellous tunnel that stretches underground that allows visitors to walk from end of the building to the other, climb a spiralling staircase which brings you to the top of the turret and allows you to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Umbrian Valley.

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Well worth the effort we took to finally reach this point, albeit still a little hazy in parts.

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Back down the lane ways and to our car for our journey on to Tuscany where we are staying in the town of Cavriglia, which came highly recommended by Mary-Kate and Kaine, and they did not disappoint.

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We are staying at a winery/B&B called Tenuta San Jacopo which has little houses that are like apartments and has everything you need for your stay including a swimming pool. Off to the Supermarket to buy our provisions, but not before they reopen at 4.30pm after lunch at 12.30pm, what a life!!! Quick dip in the pool, then a chance to catch up on our books whilst lounging around the pool. Only downside, a bunch of German kids playing chasey around the pool yelling at each other…..ohhh the serenity.

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Feeling back at home here as Hugh is cooking dinner tonight whilst I sit back and write the blog, enjoying a glass of the local red wine. Quiet night tonight as we hope to be up early and off to Siena for a look around the town and hopefully catch a winery tour or two.

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