A day in Siena
As Florence’s southern rival, Siena and it’s charm, history, and valor present a worthy challenge. Impressive stone palazzos and winding streets lead to sumptuous piazzas and fountains.
One such piazza, Piazza del Campo, hosts the famous horse race, “Il Palio”, during July and August— this favorite summer activity combines the past and present, and transports the modern tourist back to the medieval ages.
Santa Maria della Scala and the Museo Civico present magnificent collections of frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti as well as Simone Martini’s “La Maestà” (Piazza del Campo, 1).
The Torre Mangia, the Duomo and it’s Piccolomini Library, the Battistero, and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo also offer the chance to interact with the world of the past.
To taste some of the local flavors, visit Osteria le Logge on Via del Porrione, 33, and try the “Pici al Torchio”.
The pasticceria “Peccati di gola” (Via Piccolomini, 43) is the perfect place to give your sweet tooth something special to gorge on.
Pre or post-meal shopping must include stopping at:
- the bookstore of the Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex (Piazza del Duomo, 1) for anything from the Slow Living guide to Italian Osteria’s, to children’s art books.
- Aloe & Wolf is a lovely vintage shop on Via del Porrione, 23,
- while Dolci Trame (Via del Moro 4) is known for a wide collection of emerging Italian designers. Bianco e Nero di Sonia Staccioli (Via Fusari, 21) has gorgeous pottery for unique souvenirs.
(Only 91 km from il Fontanaro)