My husband and I went to Siena expressly for the one of Tuscany's most unique events - the Palio, a horse race whose origins date back at least 700 years in which jockeys ride bareback for one of the city's 17 Contrade around the medieval main square in an attempt to win a pennant of the Madonna.
We decided on Leonardo's house because the photos of the house and the garden were so beautiful. At arrival everything lived up to expectation and more. The house has been impeccably restored and refurbished. Antique furniture reside pleasingly with modern furnishings. Leonardo has an exacting eye and exquisite taste. Besides this he is a gracious host. One night we were invited for a glass of wine and cake to celebrate his birthday along with his dancer sister and painter father, who live in the villa next door. The carriage house is composed of 4 rooms, the livingroom and kitchen cum diningroom downstairs and two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. We slept in the master bedroom which...
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