Our first stop was
– a small but beautiful Tuscan city. Here, we went to the Cathedral which included works of art by Giovanni, Michelangelo, and Pintoricchio, climbed the “facciatone”, visited the cathedral museum, and heard a talk by a famous art historian on the “Maesta” by Simon Martini. Our tour guide throughout the day, Rab Hatfield, a professor at Syracuse University Florence, was great – funny and incredibly knowledgeable. Apparently he is a well-known in the art history department and one of the leading scholars on Leonardo Da Vinci in the world! Siena
After I had gotten my fill of art history (probably for the year) we broke for lunch. Our tour guide said
We were lucky to have the most beautiful day – incredibly sunny and 65o!
By afternoon it was time to head back on the bus (aka a mid-day nap) to our next destination – San Gimignano. This Tuscan city is located on top of a hill, providing many gorgeous views over the rolling hills. San Gimignano reminded me of
After strolling around the quaint city, it was back on the bus, departing for