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Today we visited Siena, the birthplace of Saint Catherine. The city, as many of the ones we have already viisted, is a medieval one but this city no longer has its walls. It fought for many years with the people of Florence. It is famous for The Palio, which is a horse race that is held twice a year on July 2 and Aug 16. The people stand in the middle of the Piazza del Campo and on the outside edge and the ten horses race in between. The riders ride bareback and the 10 ...
... about three hours touring it all.
We did take a break for lunch at the famous Piazza deal Campo, one of the largest enclosed plazas we have seen. So big in fact that the Sienans hold an annual horse race in the plaza every summer. The town is very old with narrow streets and enclosed by tall (5 or 6 stories) building which gives the town a shadowy feel in a lot of the old town. ...
... time with our tour guide and our group; it was the a fabulous tour. At 1pm all went on their own ways; we went off to grab pizzas, cokes (our official sabbatical drink), postcards, souvenirs and cash. All of our hotels request cash for payment; this particular hotel is our splurge, thus, lots of ATM runs this week. We then went on our way to the Basilica of San Dominico, our real reason for wanting to visit this city. Relics of St. Catherine ...
... had a leisurely lunch at one of the Deli's and then made our way back to the train station for the remainder of our journey, first stop La Spezia then to our accommodation at Corniglia. Christiana our host came and showed us to our accommodation set on the side of the cliff overlooking the sea. We will be very comfortable for our stay here, Tomorrow we start to explore the ...
... it used to have 72 but only about a dozen remain. Even now those towers create an unforgettable skyline. It's uniqueness have led to an economical and cultural revival. Within the wall there are Romanesque and Gothic houses with great examples of secular buildings. The Torre Grosso (tallest tower) is 172 feet tall and provides a great view over the countryside. From here we continued through rolling hills, vinyards and fields full of sunflowers to Siena. Our ...