Central Italy and Rome, Handbook for Travellers

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The Rocca (Pl. A, B, 3; 1353), or highest part of the old fortifications (ascend to the right from La Collegiata), in a private garden, commands a fine view.

A few min. outside the Porta delle Fonti lies a picturesque washhouse called Le Fonti (Pl. D, 2), dating from the 13-14th century. — About ½ M. to the S., outside the Porta San Giovanni (Pl. B, 5), is the former monastery of Monte Oliveto, with a Crucifixion by Benozzo Gozzoli (in the cloister). A little farther on is Santa Lucia, with a painting by Paolino da Pistoia. — Beyond the Porta San Matteo (Pl. A, B, 2), about 2 M. to the N.W., is the venerable church of Pieve di Cellole or Cellori (1296 ft.), consecrated in 1237, containing remarkable capitals and quaint ornamentation on the apse. Fine view.

Beyond Poggibonsi the railway begins to ascend considerably. We now leave the late-tertiary or pliocene formations, and enter the irregular fissured tract of Central Tuscany, with the wooded limestone group of the Montaynola Senese (2200 ft.) which is honey-combed with caves. To the right, Staggia with a mediæval château. Near (49½ M.) Castellina in Chianti (7 M. to the S.W. of the town), also to the right, is the picturesque chateau of Monte Riggioni (758 ft.; 13th cent.); of the towers mentioned by Dante (Inferno xxxi, 40) four only now rise above the lofty girdle of walls. The line crosses the watershed and, threading a tunnel nearly 1 M. long, emerges in the upper valley of the Arbia.

59 M. Siena, see below.


5. Siena.

Hotels (comp. p. xviii). *Grand Hôtel Continental (Pl. b; C, 4), Via Cavour 15, opposite the post-office, 60 R. at 3-6, B. 1 ½, déj. 3, D. 5, pens. 8-12, omn. 1 fr. (fine view from the windows on the rear), with steam-heating and lift; *Grand Hôtel & Royal (Pl. a; C, 3), Via Cavour 39, with its back to the Lizza (p. 36), 42 R. from 4, B. 1 ½ dej.3, D. 5, pens. 9-12, omn. 1 fr., with steam-beating in the public rooms and lift. — More in the Italian style: Aquila Nera (Pl. c; C, 5), Via Cavour 3, with restaurant and electric light, 40 R. from 2 ¾, B. 1, pens, incl. wine 8-9, omn. ¾ fr., well spoken of. — The following are good second-class houses, with trattorie: La Scala (Pl. d; C, 5), Piazza San Giovanni 3, opposite San Giovanni (p. 25), R. 2, pens. 5-8 fr.; La Toscana, Via del Re 4, 40 R. at 2, B. ¾, pens. 5-6 fr., well spoken of; Le Tre Donzelle, Via delle Donzelle 3, similar charges; La Patria, Via dei Termini 4, R. 1 ½ fr.; Tre Mori, Piazza Cairoli 1 (Pl. C, 3), 20 R. at 1-2 fr., clean; Centrale, Via. di Città 9.

Pensions (many of them with electric light and commanding fine views; generally well spoken of and much patronized by English visitors): Chiusarelli, Viale Curtatone 3 (Pl., B, 4), 80 R., pens. 5-7 fr.; Santa Caterina (Lucchetti), Via delle Belle Arti 31, 17 R., pens. 5-6 fr,; Saccaro, Via Sallustio Bandini, 19 (Pl. D, 5), pens. 5-6 fr.; Lucchini-Corsi, Via Ricasoli 54, pens. 5 fr.; Mariani, Via Cavour 12, pens. 5 fr.;. Villa Man-

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The town of Siena is situated on three ridges (p. 20) and thus falls naturally into three parts: the Terzo di Citta on the S.W., the Terzo di San Martino on the S.E., and the Terzo di Camollia on the N. — The narrow, steep side-streets are called costarelle.

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