Our hosts last night, Simona and Santi are lovely generous souls. Our dinner was made solely from what they grow on their farm, even handmade spaghetti from hand milled flour. We had a lovely dinner then headed to the little cabin they let pilgrims use, all that and breakfast for a donation.
After breakfast we headed out and soon bumped into Andrea, a lovely young woman from Germany, then Bernd another German man. I walked along with Andrea for most of the day and really enjoyed our conversations and we had a few laughs.
About seven K into the walk we found a man Marcello who waits for pilgrims and offers food and coffee for a donation. A lovely man, he’s set up a shelter and makes you toast and coffee. He has yoghurt and fruit and all sorts of things and that’s all for a donation. He realised that there is nowhere on this stage for a rest with food so he provided it…..another wonderful soul. He suggested an alternative more picturesque route we could take for a short while that would eventually reconnect with the main route. It was only slightly longer so we took it.
We found a monument and according to our book it was a pirimide, called Leopoldina and commemorates the reclamation of the swamp on Pian del Lago on which we were walking. There was a table and we all sat and had a little picnic with our supplies. Then it was time to head on and shortly after that an Italian caught us up and walked the rest of the way to Siena with us.
Fuzz and I found our accommodation quite quickly and it was very handy to the main Piazza. We had chores to take care of before any sightseeing as yesterday’s washing didn’t dry and so after finding the laundry it got popped in with today’s as well. In the laundry we found a lovely young NZ lady who lives in Australia. So we sat in the laundry chatting in ‘Strayan’ while we waited for our things to be all clean and smelling fresh again.