When my friend and I were planning our trip to Florence, Pisa, and Milan, I asked everyone I knew for recommendations on where to go. Many people suggested taking the train to other Tuscan cities that neighbored Florence. After hearing about San Gimignano and Lucca, I began to wish that we had two weeks instead of one to visit all these places. I couldn’t decide which day trip to suggest to my friend, seeing as only one would be feasible. Then I mentioned to a girl I work with that I was going to Italy, and she said, “Go to Siena.”
And so I did.
The train ride to Siena took only an hour and a half from Florence. It left once every hour from Santa Maria Novella. We left in the morning and came back in the evening.
Every single little medieval street in Siena was charming. We arrived without an agenda, and we didn’t need one. The city was made for walking and oohing and aahing. Flags everywhere signaled the annual horse race that took place about two weeks prior and would occur again on August 16, the Catholic feast of the Assumption.
This red, green, and gold flag with a dragon in the center represents one of the seventeen contrade, or districts, of Siena.My friend and I napped on the Piazza del Campo. Not bad to open one’s eyes to the Torre del Mangai.I like roofs.
Notice anything about this restaurant furniture?I think I glimpsed a princess behind these billowing curtains.It was funny to walk around town and look up to notice St. Peter looking down at me. These kinds of religious reliefs are common in Italy.I would definitely recommend visiting Siena if you have the chance to go to Toscana.