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Tales from Venice, Bologna, Pienza and Rome

Tales from Venice, Bologna, Pienza and Rome

Old Aug 20th, 2013, 11:09 AM
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caze - thank you for such a detailed and well-written TR. I'm glad you had such a good time and you have explained what worked [and what didn't] very well.

a real boon to other travellers following in your footsteps.
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Old Aug 20th, 2013, 11:25 AM
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Great report! Thanks for your honest descriptions, and for taking the time to write such a detailed report. Well done!
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Old Aug 21st, 2013, 12:00 AM
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<I know that we did not do Siena justice, but my feeling was that if you were looking for time in the countryside during your trip to Italy or wanted to feel like you were in a tiny perched hilltown, Siena is definitely NOT the place to go. I was so glad that we did not base there.>

Not having visited Siena before, I was faced with the dilemma of choosing a hotel in or outside of Siena last weekend. Because of the August heat, we opted for "outside" and are so glad we did! After 4 or 5 hours among the throngs and the heat we retreated to our Azienda and its magnificent pool. I cannot recommend Villa Cambiat Azienda Castel Di Pugna enough, and the view from the vinyards of the setting sun over Siena from the Villa is spectacular. Winery tours for their guests start at 6:00 pm. The next day we day-tripped to Montalcino etc. It was ideally situation for this imo.

www.castelpugna.com

Thanks for the great trip report (don't worry how long it's taken to put it together!)
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Old Aug 21st, 2013, 12:03 AM
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sorry, that should read Villa CAMBI, which is located on the Castel di Pugna's property.
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Old Aug 21st, 2013, 08:58 AM
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caze17...

I can't believe I am just now finding this trip report. I'm really enjoying reading it (only about half way through but had to chime in!) and I'm happy that one of my previous trip reports helped in your planning process. I'm just like you when it comes to planning, do alot of it before the trip so that I can have plenty of options ready during the trip! ;-)
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Old Aug 22nd, 2013, 07:35 AM
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Thanks all!
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 01:29 PM
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Caze - THANK YOU!

I was finally checking back in after being gone for awhile and your report was wonderful - we visited Venezia, Firenze, Sorrento, & Roma and your many observations helped us along the way.

Thank you - wishing you many wonderful travels.

D.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2014, 12:14 PM
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Excellent report, thank you for sharing! bookmarking.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2014, 12:28 PM
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Great TR, caze17.

We visited Siena from Pisa once and from Florence another time. I wouldn't miss the Duomo or the amazing Piazza but we also were happy to make it a day trip.

The Palio must be a zoo!

Thanks again for your nice, nice TR.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2014, 03:49 PM
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We are going to Tuscany this summer. Thanks for your tips. Great report.
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