The last few days we have been doing a little bit of sight seeing and a lot of pool time as it has been so hot. We’ve been to San Gimignano, where S was particularly taken by the ‘rapunzel’ towers.

The streets of San Gimignano
The streets of San Gimignano
S and friend!
S and friend!
Mmmmmm more gelato
Mmmmmm more gelato

We also went for a lovely walk in the forest and a swim in the Merse River which is right by where we are staying.

Riverside picnic
Riverside picnic (photo by S)
Cooling off in the River Merse
Cooling off in the River Merse
It's hot out there!
It’s hot out there!

Last night at Montestigliano they had a group dinner which was fun, there is us, a big group from the States who had been to a wedding in Rome and a big extended family group from Luxembourg who are really nice, including 3.5 year old triplets! Our sneaky plans to abandon our kids while we dined in peace were thwarted by S who woke up 5 minutes in, let herself out of the villa and came and joined in! She had a ball, and was still ruling the dance floor at 10.30pm. Good old J slept through the lot, even the 1000 decibel bad Italian karaoke.

Group dinner at Montestigliano (photo by S)
Group dinner at Montestigliano (photo by S)

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We also went to Siena to visit the amazing duomo/cathedral and Il Campo, the square where the big horse race takes place twice a year.

The streets of Siena
The streets of Siena

Siena

Beautiful cherries
Beautiful cherries
Duomo at Siena
The awe inspiring Duomo at Siena
Ceiling in part of the duomo
Ceiling in part of the duomo
The unique pillars of the Siena duomo
The unique pillars of the Siena duomo
Delicious panforte
Delicious panforte
GIANT pizza
GIANT pizza
Il Campo
Il Campo
Simple takeaway pizza by the slice, best ever
Simple takeaway pizza by the slice, best ever
Followed by yummy Ricciarelli cookies
Followed by yummy Ricciarelli cookies, a bit like almond macaroons
Il Campo
Il Campo
Yet more gelato
Yet more gelato

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