The architecture soars way above your head. It’s effectively a giant, open-air museum.Walking around Siena , you feel like you have stepped back into the middle ages. You are transported to Medieval Tuscany.
The city is walled in, and is a maze of criss-crossing cobble stone streets, where every third door opens into a restaurant, café or deli.
There is a massive tower “Torre del Mangia” . I am pretty afraid of heights so I decided to avoid climbing it. Saul had a blast, as is evidenced by the photos him swinging from the top of the bell tower and Jade’s took tons of silly faced photos.
The funniest story of our time here ,was probably the story of “THE CRISPY PIZZA”. We had worked up an appetite exploring the town, so we stopped off for pizzas. I was so starving, I literally wanted to eat the menu.
We each ordered a pizza and I asked the waiter to make them “EXTRA CRISPY”. When they arrived they were covered with roast potatoes. Saul was mad, cause he hates when I make changes and screw up his food.
We took all the potatoes off but I was totally confused. So, at the end of the meal, I asked the waiter about the potatoes.
The story goes, that they have a lot of UK tourists that order crisps (potato chips), so when he heard the word crispy, he thought potatoes. I have since been banned from ever making changes to Saul’s order.
Here is the mark left in my thigh from the wicker chair.
We were so stuffed, but Jade had this brilliant idea to race me across the square. Needless to say, she beat me by a mile and I had to fight to keep the food down.
But there is always room for ice-cream. And we found the best Gelato store, Brivido and ordered the “Puffo” or blue vanilla , which was incredible. If you ever make it there, you got to try it.
Don’t forget to check out the Central Catherdral or Duomo. It’s a massive Gothic building filled with treasures by Pisano, Donatello and Michelangelo as well as frescoes by Pinturicchio.
The region is also know for their boar and rabbit stews and their veal chops. I don’t think Jade enjoyed her dinner.
The the views over the city wall are incredible and it is so much fun wandering around this ancient town.
Siena is an easy day trip by train from Florence, just 43 miles away and it is a must see if you ever make it to Italy.