Trip to Tuscany – Siena
(And so continues a series … of me catching up on blog entries. I went to Romania in October, if that gives you any idea)
Tuscany was another trip we took in October, this time with the Andersons. It was a bit of a whirlwind, but a great introduction to Tuscany. I found myself saying over and over again “Look, it looks just like Tuscany is supposed to look!”. (Which, of course, Ryan laughed at me for.)
Our first stop was a (rainy) afternoon in Siena. Siena comes highly recommended by Rick Steves. He says whenever anyone in his office mentions Siena, everyone always says “Siena, oh, i looooove Siena.”
We wandered through the small streets down to Il Campo – the town square, which is where the famous Siena Palio horse race happens every year. It was cool the day we were there, but I can imagine the whole area being covered with people relaxing in the sun. The City Hall’s tower was quite impressive, and apparently the tallest non-religious tower in Italy.
And of course, what Italian town would be complete without an amazing church (or a cathedral in this case). We sat on the steps to eat our lunch, and enjoy the view … until the skies opened up & we decided to head on to the next stop. I’m thinking I might have to try visiting Siena again when it’s sunny, or maybe during the Palio to really appreciate it. ‘Cause as much as I hate to say it, I wasn’t that impressed. There just wasn’t enough personality to the city. I know, it sounds terrible. *shrug* That’s why I’m figuring I’ll try it again.