Defying gravity: No flat surfaces left

In Siena it seems they have run out of flat surfaces and have had to come up with ingenious ideas around fitting their businesses into some not so ideal locations.

This restaurant has established itself on a small ally and embraced the slant.

Weightless in Siena.

Ornate iron dragons

Medieval Siena has dragons, cast iron dragons scattered about on building facades. Some are street lamps, some were used to tie up  horses. This one however hanging from the corner seems to have no such purpose other than to serve as ornate decoration. My favourite part is that this dragon still remains chained to the building centuries later.

Hand picked olives

Recently I was fortunate enough to visit San Gimignano – a beautiful Tuscan village – and this would be our first time staying at an agriturismo. It was fantastic!

We stayed at Poggiacolle only a 10 minute drive outside of San Gimignano. It was peaceful and picturesque. The farmhouse was both warm and welcoming as well as being restored and furnished traditionally.

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The hosts were lovely and despite there being a full house, I am guessing six or so rooms we rarely heard or saw anybody else. Except for small interactions in the breakfast room in the morning we were left to our own solitude.

The added benefit at Poggiacolle – if you time your stay appropriately – is that you can take part in the olive harvest. We managed to do just this and even though we didn’t get to see the olive oil making process, witnessing the harvest was just as interesting.

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And would you believe the olives are hand picked! I think assumed that there would be some kind of machinery. But other than a a device to agitate the top of the trees that couldn’t be reached it was hand picking all the way. It was an eye-opening experience and despite the tough work was well worth the experience.

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Treat yourself to the peace and quiet

Treat yourself to a weekend away in San Gimignano.