Siena was amazing. We spent just under 24 hours there and I’m definitely going back. I’d like to rent an apartment there with a couple of friends and just take it easy for a week, walking through the countryside, observing the goings-on in the Campo, and eating all of the incredible food.
We arrived quite late in the evening and got a taxi to our hotel/hostel (same deal, basic twin with ensuite, great location and decent view), settled in and went for an evening walk. In the morning we met family friends Ray and Brigitte in the Campo for breakfast. Brigitte is on an Italian language course in Siena – colour me jealous!
The Campo is a large shell-shaped square that is the town’s focal point. The morning we were there some kind of military ceremony was going on. After breakfast as we walked around we kept on encountering groups of soldiers marching and singing.
For lunch we went to a restaurant recommended by Ray that was just wonderful. Porcini mushrooms are in season so I decided to have tagliatelle with porcini and Rachael had spinach and ricotta ravioli in walnut and porcini sauce. The tagliatelle was great but the winner was definitely the ravioli. Rachael wasn’t very hungry so I got to finish her meal and it was absolutely divine. We had lemon sorbet served in a hollowed-out lemon for dessert – yum!
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around, shopping, and going up the tower in the Campo, before it was time to catch another taxi back to the station. I can’t wait to go back, especially for the food!
A few photos for you, since there wasn’t a bad view in the entire city!
(you may have noticed – I like photographing windows and food)
ps knitters – there is a yarn store on the main shopping street behind the Campo. Most of the yarn is behind the counter so some basic Italian may help. The place is a treasure trove of camel, cashmere, llama, merino, everything you can think of really. I restrained myself… mostly.