Super marathon today - I got up at 5 am (ouch!) and headed off alone around Lago Di Bolsena with the CamelBac (water backpack) and a banana for fuel. The road rose steeply upwards to the pretty village of Acquapendente and the view over the lake was fantastic. It's the largest volcanic lake in Europe I'm reliably informed! The marathon route for the next 17 miles passed through lovely countryside and fields of sunflowers stretched to the horizon. The last 5 miles of the run were quite brutal to say the least, climbing steeply through the hairpin bends to Radicofani. The monastery at the top of the hill here (896m) can be seen for miles and the view was breath-taking! We headed to Siena after the run and found a basic hostel. In the evening we biked a couple of miles to the historic centre of the city, enjoying a glass of fine red wine (it's medicinal, right?) in the impressive Piazza del Campo.