Driving in Tuscany
03.25.2011 - 03.25.2011
On the morning of day 5 we woke up early and headed to Hertz to pick up our car. At times like this I was happy that we decided to each just take a backpack. I could write a another blog just on our decisions to take 2 carry on backpacks but I'll save that for another time.
We got in our little Fiat 500, plugged in the GPS, and headed for Siena on the autostrade. The Fiat worked out perfect for this trip. It had enough power to get us going 95mph, handled well in the curves around the hill towns, and was small enough to get around well on the small city streets. The trip from Venice to Siena took us a little over 3 hours.
In Siena we stayed at Borgo Grondaie. This is a converted Tuscan farm located about 2 miles outside of Siena. We wanted to stay in place where it was easy to park and easy to explore local hill towns. Once again, the accommodations we good and the staff was helpful.
Since it was late afternoon, we decided to just drive into Siena and check out Piazza del Campo. I really liked Siena and can't imagine what it likes to be there during the Palio horse races.
On the way home we decided to stop at the local grocery store to pick up some pop and check things out. I was very surprised to see the busiest grocery store ever and this was early afternoon on a Friday. Over 40 checkouts were running and they had some interesting technology. When you walk in the store you can grab a price gun and just scan everything you buy. Then when you go to checkout you just hand the clerk the price gun and you're checked out.
I learned the hard way that uscita di sicurezza means emergency exit in Italian. Since the place was so busy we decided to just leave without buying anything. I couldn't find an exit so I decided to just go through a gate. What Jenn didn't tell me was that it was an emergency exit and some alarms went off. The clerk turned around and in English said "that is an emergency exit". Pretty embarrassing but we can laugh about it now.
After a long day we decided that we didn't have the energy to drive back into siena for dinner so we had our customary dinner at McDonald's. We usually do this once on every trip. It's a relief to just walk into a place and order a #2 and know what you're getting.