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Report 1114: Bergamo, Venice, Lerici, Piemonte, Friends & World Cup Mania
By girasoli from Hawaii, Summer 2006
Page 15 of 23: Sunday in Saluzzo
view of Saluzzo from Torre Civica
Sunday morning, I had a relaxing breakfast, spent a little time on the Internet in the lobby of the hotel catching up on all the news, and then got ready to head out on a hot sunny day to explore Saluzzo.
Once again, the owner drove me into town. I noticed right away how strange the town felt. Just about everything was closed. It felt like a ghost town. Even in the modern part of town right in the center, the sidewalks and streets were empty. Usually, you need to dodge the cars when crossing the main street but today I could have stood in the middle of the street for at least five minutes before a car went by. It was actually sort of nice to walk around and take pictures but still a little strange. I wandered aimlessly up and down streets and then decided to look for a place to eat lunch. Not much was open. I went back to Quattro Stagione and was happy to find that they were open for business. I had a salad and some risotto.
At 2:00pm, the museum, Casa Cavassa opened up. This was such a wonderful place to visit. It is the home of a family from Saluzzo with many rooms to visit filled with interesting paintings and furniture. There were also wonderful views and from one of the rooms, you walked out to this walkway that was almost on the roof of the building. I was the only one there and had the entire museum to myself. A rare experience in Italy. After taking lots of pictures and chatting with the girl at the desk, I left the museum and headed to the bell tower, which was nearby. Both the tower and museum are located in the upper more historic part of town.
One of the things I love to do while in Italy is to climb the towers. This would be my first tower to climb this year. It was a very easy tower to climb, as there were only a little over 100 steps. The stairway inside was quite interesting. The views from the top were amazing. I stayed up there for quite a while and then decided to head back down to explore more of the lower part of town.
It was amazing!! As I reached the main part of town, I was surprised to see TONS of people! A couple of hours earlier it was a ghost town and now it was so lively and full of people. Most of the stores were still closed, but the bars were all full and the streets were also very busy.
I walked around for a while enjoying the atmosphere of Saluzzo and then headed back to my hotel. The Palio from Siena was on TV and I wanted to get back in time to see some of the parade.
As I neared my hotel, I noticed a few people walking by with bags of groceries. I found this great little supermarket located about a block past my hotel. I decided to buy some things to eat at the grocery store instead of heading back into town for dinner later on. This way, I could just hang out at my hotel for the night after the Palio finished.
I had a nice relaxing night watching the Palio and hanging out in my hotel room. It was fun seeing Siena again with the crowds and all the action. It ended up being a very close race with Pantera winning.
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