ORVIETO AND SIENA

Last day in Rome and on our way to Siena
Cafe Greco – within fifty metres of the Spanish Steps one can find the very special, secluded and plush cafe. Bearing the date 1725 it boasts to be the meeting place of many poets, Lord Byron and Keats to name a few. Two coffees and two cannoli cost us more than two main meals but it was worth it! We bid farewell to Rome and make our way by private bus to Siena via Orvieto.

Day 4 Orvieto and Siena
Our private coach gently transported us through green rolling hills and countryside skirted by vineyards. Our local driver informed us that the harvest would be next week and s bumper crop would be expected.

Orvieto has a population of 22000 and is perched on a plateau. A funicular rail takes one to the top. This medieval town is known for its magnificent Cathedral – one of the most beautiful in Italy. Its construction was begun in1290 and took three hundred years to complete! The architecture is Romanesque and gothic. The front of the cathedral is really its drawcard with its fine mosaic work.

We are now in Sienna for four days. Most of our rooms face the terra cotta roofed terrace houses and each morning the bells of St Catherine right next door awaken us at 7am.

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