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Maurice Greer’s Travel Diary

Friday, 23 Oct 2009

Location: Siena area, Italy

MapToday we had planned to go to Florence but it was raining quite heavily so after lunch we went back to Siena. We walked up to the old fort of Santa Barbara, then to Porta Camollia, a gate through the town wall, and along Via Camollia towards the centre. Along our route we stopped at three Basilicas, various fountains and churches dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. Other buildings of note included two Palazzos owned by rival families – Tolomei and Salimbeni – who founded banks in the 15th century. The rain persisted throughout the day, very heavy at times, so we returned to our apartment in Rosia to dry out and went out for dinner in the village.