Jessica and Christina go on a Road a trip, Left Venice, latter than I planed because I wanted to go through the grand canal one last time. Picked up car and Headed out towards Chioggia and Ravenna. Tons of truck traffic, bad. Navigation with my I pad was slow and bad, most of the time I had no idea where we were, which is bad when you are the navigator, was wishing for a real map. It also is a bit problematic when I pronounce everything incorrectly so Jessica had no Idea what I was trying to say. OH DEAR.
We made it to Ravenna in time to see the mosaics at the church. So beautiful such small little pieces creating amazing pattern and form.
I was very interested in the Marble pieces cut to creat rorschach test
and marble cut so thin that as the sun was going down they were lighting up like stained glass so beautiful.
The whole center of town was for walking and biking only, which is so lovely. And we were the only tourist around. Had very rich and think Hot COCO and headed to San Marino.
I splurged and had a six course dinner. And we stayed at the hotel at the very top of the town right next to tour one, Rosa Hotel. Sleep after a long day was great, but I woke up at 6:30 and went on walk to the towers to watch the sun rise.
I of course was the only person up on the hill at that time, as the first light as starting. I found a great little spot to watch the world wake up. Cars driving far below sound echoes up. I am a huge rock cliff 100’s of feet above the farm land below as the sun slowly rises and the sky turns shades of purples and blues fog lifts from the valley floors. And the sun in oranges breaks trough the clouds casting warm light on the tan towers and cliff face.
I now have a few other up with me; the local garbage man, who I ask to take a phot of his broom, but he thinks I mean him Why not. Great fun. His broom is hand made with bamboo and wire and duck tape. The only others are men working on cobble paving, mixing the sand, portland cement mix then setting them. So much work. I wanted to watch them to get pointers, but they already thought I was crazy taking pictures of what they were doing.
Walking around town it is all tourist crap. Leather, souvenirs, pizza, hamburgers etc. So glad not here in the summer, would be horrible.
Heading out we hit the road towards Montepulciano, cute town in tuscany on top of a hill. We drove on tiny little back roads , though a national forest and along a valley floor with an amazing river, ice blue in parts, with white stone. We stopped at a market for water and break, I ordered some prosciutto which I had cut wrong into this 1/4 slice, ops, and some thin slice salami. bread and cheese. Yum. We had 2nd breakfast in the car and tried to chew on my massive piece of prosciutto.
We arrived in Montepulciano and drive into the city on these tiny little streets to a Guest house we had found online. All worked well and we headed to dinner in the square at a family run restaurant. Great pasta and Prosecco.
So grateful to be here in winter, felt this way everywhere we went. No one around. Much more locals than tourist and I can see where this would be different in the summer.