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The Rocca (PI. 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 (PI. D, 2), dating from the 13-14th century. — About
i/2M. to the S., outside the Porta San Giovanni (PI. 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 (PI. A, B, 2), about
2 M. to the N.W., is the venerable church of Pieve di Celiale 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 Montagnola Senese (2200 ft.) which is
honey-combed with caves. To the right, Staggia with a mediseval
chàteau. Near (49x/2 M.) Castellina in Chianti (7 M. to the S.W.
of the town), also to the right, is the picturesque chàteau 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 Hotel Continental (PI. b ; C, 4),
Via Cavour 15, opposite the post-office, 60 R. at 3-6, B. 1V2, déj. 3, D. 5,
pens. 8-12, omn. 1 fr. (fine view from the Windows on the rear), with
steam-heating and lift; *Grand Hotel & Royal (PI. a; C, 3), Via Ca¬
vour 39, with its back to the Lizza (p. 36), 42 R. from 4, B. 1V2, déj.3, D. 5,
£ens. 9-12, omn. 1 fr., with steam-heating in the public rooms and lift. —
[ore in the Italian style : Aquila Nera (PI. e ; C, 5), Via Cavour 3, with
restaurant and electric light, 40 R. from 23/4, B. 1, pens. incl. wine 8-9,
omn. 3/4 fr., well spoken of. — The following are good second-class
houses, with trattorie: La Scala (PI. 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. %, pens. 5-6 fr., well spoken of ; Le Tre Donzelle,
Via delle Donzelle 3, similar charges; La Patria, Via dei Termini 4,
R. 1V2 fr.; Tre Mori, Piazza Cairoli 1 (PI. C, 3), 20 R. at 1-2 fr., clean;
Centrale, Via di Città 9.
Fensions (many of them with electric light and commanding fine
views ; generally well spoken of and much patronized by English visitors) :
Chiusarelli, Viale Curtatone 3 (PI. 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 (PI. D, 5), pens. 5-6 fr. ; Lucchini-Corsi, Via
Ricasoli 54, pens. 5 fr. ; Mariani, Via Cavour 12, pens. 5 fr,; Villa Man-
+ The town of Siena is situated on three ridges (p. 20) and thus falls
naturally into three parts: the Terzo di Città 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.