The Tuscan region is fantastic. I’d heard that one of the things that you had to do was to take a bike ride around the area, so I hooked up with a local biking company. I was the only backpacker, which was kind of interesting. Two of the people on the trip were from the DC area, and it turns out that one of them will be in Warrenton for Christmas at the same time that I’ll be there.
Anyway, we spent the day cycling around the hills, checking out olive groves and vineyards. We stopped for a while in the town of Fiesole and then had lunch at a local vineyard. The scenery was so beautiful, and the green is a nice contrast to the dusty dryness of Africa.
After the bike ride, I was feeling pretty energetic so I topped off the day by climbing the 463 steps to the top of the main cathedral in Florence. Tomorrow I’m planning on getting an early train to Pisa and then on to Lucca.