So after of course heading back to the base to pick up a couple of things (we always have something, this time it was Colby's shoes). It really hits home how crappy Crapoli is when just 30 minutes north of the city things start to get a lot better. First stop was Orvieto.
Next we took everyone up the Torre de Morro. An old watchtower that overlooks the city. Used in medieval times for security, now to give tourists exercise.
Family time, we're finally out and on our way!
Looks like someone found a friend.
From Orvieto we headed north to our room close to Sienna. The resort was called Linari. It's a converted monestary run by a gay couple that bought it 25 years ago and have worked on it since then. The pictures give it the best story.
The A team!
Next off to dinner in the local village of San Rocco at a restaurant recommended by our guys at the property. They gave us a great tip and the pizzas and calzones were awesome. I think we're going to do great here in Italy.
After a "quiet" night. We had a nice breakfast by the pool and were ready for a new day. We headed off to Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo. It was a nice little village with a small museum and exhibits dedicated to the late genius. Some great science stuff for the boys.
And of course have to finish off with Gelato. It started to get a little warm in the afternoon and the boys were dying to get into the pool back at the resort. We tried to tell them how cold it was, but you can't keep them from the water.
After a nice "refreshing" cold dip in the pool. We headed out to Sienna in the evening to check it out. It's a really beautiful town with a colorful history. Maybe not as fancy as Florence, but definitely it's own distinct style.
We picked up a Pinnochio along the way - playing with Scoops before hitting the hay after a long night. Another wonderful breakfast at the place, packed up to go, and then it was time to head out. We decided to make a quick stop in Montepulciano so Cyd could get some "Twilight" shots. Again, very cute little town with awesome scenery driving it. We'll have to spend some more time in this region of Tuscany!!
What a great first trip. Can't wait to get out more. Tuscany is awesome!