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by Erin Elaine

Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy

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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.

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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.

SAM_2275b 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.

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For our lunch we had some delicious and remarkably affordable food right on the main plaza. Richard was so excited he ordered 2 sandwiches and a salad.
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The Siena Cathedral –
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SAM_2335bSAM_2340b 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.

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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.

SAM_2347b Here’s Grandma writing some postcards back home. Next stop, the Riviera!

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2 comments on “Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy

  1. Frank Alpha
    May 15, 2013

    Thank you for sharing these! These are beautiful photos from what had to have been an awesome experience.

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This entry was posted on April 29, 2013 by in Family, Food, Italy, Photos, UNESCO and tagged , , , , , .
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