by Erin Elaine
Siena was a wonderful place to call home for 2 days. It’s a small town with a homey atmosphere, delicious food, and friendly locals. Because of the short train ride here, we were able to spend about 2 full days in Siena. During every meal, the streets smelled like cooking food, and the weather was pretty nice here. It was definitely a good stop on our trip.
Here is the main square “Piazza del Campo”. It’s a huge square lined with cafes, where the locals come to socialize, eat a meal, play soccer, or sunbathe. Once a year there is a famous horserace around the edge of this square. People come from all over the world to see it.
Richard and I climbed up 503 stairs to the top of this tower, and waved down to Grandma below. Not only could we see all of Siena surrounding us, but we could also see the countryside and the rolling hills of Tuscany. It was a breathtaking 360 degree view, completely worth the climb.
The Siena Cathedral –
Inside the Cathedral they have some old hymn books on display which are really neat. They’re from before the printing press was invented, so books had to be made by hand, which was expensive. So instead of making hymn books for everyone, they just made these giant ones that could be read from the furthest pews.
Daily Life on the Plaza-
On the 2nd day we bought some local pecorino cheese, handmade scarves, and some crazy pasta. We had dinner on the main square to try to feel like locals.