The floors were very worn, making one wonder just how many prisoners walked these passageways.
Get us back up into the sun!
Of course, the duchess didn't spend her time down there, she would be more likely found in her orange garden.
The castle had its own private chapel (of course) with a beautifully frescoed (or painted?) ceiling.
Of course we climbed the Lion's Tower. It is "only" 122 stairs, no problem! Fabulous views of the city and the castle itself.
Inside the castle are several rooms with elaborately decorated ceilings...these have great huge mirrors in which you can view the art without straining your neck. How thoughtful!
After the castle, we strolled around to the cathedral museum. No photos allowed inside, so our only visual reminders are photos of the cloister.
We also decided to head along to the train station, having forgotten the day before to purchase our tickets to Milan. All ended well for our trip from Cetona to Ferrara, but we had no desire to encounter sold out trains again, so thought best to buy tickets in advance this time! Lovely stroll down Viale Cavour, which is lined with trees and so quite shaded.
On the way back, we stopped for gelato, or rather granite - flavoured ice - in my case. I had a super refreshing mix of green apple, blood orange and blackberry flavours, while mom enjoyed a limone gelato. Then we had a siesta until the most intense heat of the day passed. Mom had a nap, while I played around with my photos, and caught up on my blog entries (writing them up, to be posted when I got online again). The wifi here is a bit of a pain. I can get only an hour free wifi at a time from the hotel...is not a problem to get these hours, but I have to keep asking for another ticket each time and logging in with a new username. My alternative is to sign up for the city's free 90 minutes a day, available in various public spaces around the city, including around the castle, so just a few steps from the hotel. Which is a great thing for the city to do, but means I have to take my netbook outside to be online. Hence writing up a bunch of blog entries and posting them all at once!
After our siesta, we went for another stroll. Walking down one street, I saw this open door...it lead into a small side chapel and then opened up into a lovely church. It was quiet and peaceful and we sat for a while, until we realized they were about to start mass so we slipped out and continued on our way. This is the facade of the church, which we found out is Chiesa S. Maria della pieta e S. Gaetano dei Padri Teatini.
We made our way back to the general area of the cathedral and castle, close to home, to settle in for supper. The streets and piazzas were once again alive with people of all ages. We found a restaurant called Leon d'Oro and enjoyed a wonderful, leisurely supper while our hearts were warmed and lightened by the sights and sounds around us...