Travel Blogs from Siena
... lived in England or America, her English was very good.
It took an hour and a half to reach our first stop, Siena. When we arrived, we were taken on a walking tour by a local Sienese lady. She explained that the city is divided into 17 neighbourhoods called "contrade", each named after an animal.
We saw the oldest bank in Italy, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, founded in 1472. It ...
... are automatically included and the other 3 are chosen by lottery. Therefore it is unusual for the same contrada to win both races in the same year. It has only happened twice since 1900. Ten horses of approximately equal quality offered by private owners are selected three days before the race and a lottery determines which horse represents each contrada. The devout residents of each contrada invoke the sacred aid of ...
... although there certainly are the olives and the vineyards as well. It's a gracious countryside. While most of the hilltop cities we've visited have been perched on cliffs and built of stone, Siena is built of red brick. Historically, The city state of Florence was a major enemy - and eventually Siena lost. But it's loss is our gain, today. Siena is smaller, 60,000 compared to 420,000 in ...
... had been determined at the time of construction that the Palazzo should be beautiful and pleasing to the eye, so that it would make the politicians happy and want to do their best jobs. All of the art has grand religious and moral themes to keep them on track.
Once we left the Palazzo, we hopped back on our bus and were whisked away to Greve, in Chianti. Chianti is pretty much renowned for having the best grapes and wine in all of Italy, and probably the world. It's ...
... room to drop off the other groceries before once again heading out for takeaway dinner. We walked past a place with 4 euro pizzas and couldn't turn that away! Cheap as!! So we ordered that with some fries. Addicted to fries on margarita pizza.... Oops. When we got it we sat at a cute seat up around the corner. We put the chips on our bits of pizza. We roll the slice up from the bottom and eat it like a pizza roll... Best!!
After dinner we headed out for sunset and ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
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