Hotel Villa Liberty
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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At this point we had one more to find the Istrice (crowned porcupine) this was at the northern most gate of the city not to far from where we first arrived. We headed up and found the bas-relief of the crowned porcupine on the wall of the contrada's church.
We had found them all and felt like doing so had allowed us to really explore the streets of Siena and experience some of the impact the Contrada has on the city. Each was unique some clearly ...
... and Genoa. With a population of 60,000, it was even larger than Paris. Situated on the north-south road to Rome, Siena traded with all of Europe. Then, in 1348, the Black Death (bubonic plague) swept through Europe, hitting Siena and cutting the population by more than a third. Siena never recovered.
After lunch, were back on the streets and headed to the Duomo (Cathedral). Many great buildings were built the 13th century, including the Duomo. It ...
... see who gets to be the ten who race. The seven that miss each year are automatically entered for the next year.
So, we are part of The Contrada of Selva, a rhinoceros in the shade of an oak tree surrounded by hunting implements. Symbolises power and strength and hunting. Our colors are green and orange. Our Contrada is open to visitors, and invite us to the dinner the night before in their district. Some dont allow outsiders.
When a child ...
... a peak inside. The garden was beautiful but we didnt linger and it looked really expensive too!
After a late lunch we visited the San Francisco monastery. It was a beautiful sight and they also have on display the 'Miraculous Hosts'. These are the concecrated hosts from the 18th century that are still intact and have not decayed over the last 300 years. It is an amazing sight and all sorts of tests scientific in nature have been done on ...
... to buy bus tickets and attempted to do so only to find out that on this particular day there are no buses from Siena to San Gimignano. Our only option was to take a train back to Poggibonsi and get a bus from there. Fine, when's the train leaving? Oh, 2 1/2 hours form now. So much for wanting to get there nice and early. It's ok though. We have 2 1/2 hours to kill in Siena. There are worse predicaments to find yourself in. So we wandered ...