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Day 10: Assisi – Siena - Assisi
After breakfast we will head south to Siena, the birthplace
of Saints Catherine (Doctor of the Church, and one of the two patron
Saints of Italy, with St. Francis of Assisi) and Bernardine (known as
the “Apostle of Italy” for his efforts to revive the Catholic faith in
the 15th century). Siena is also one of Italy’s loveliest medieval
cities. Here we ...
Siena is a medieval hill town in Tuscany, Italy. (It is the capital of the province of Siena.) Siena is about 200km north of Rome and 60km south of Florence near the center of the
Tuscany region. The town is famous for its large fan-shaped piazza. Piazza del Campo is the heart of the town and is the home to the famous summer horse-race, known as "Il Palio".
Today the horse races remain to be a big deal for the town. There are 6 districts that ...
Siena was a beautiful Mediaeval town in Tuscany. We got a tour of a church, which was very creepy because it had the patron saints skull covered in wax, and her finger. Then we walked around and learned the history of the different neighborhoods in the city and about the twice annual horse race that occurred there. We were in the Rhino ...
... scenery. Looked like driving into Calgary... Except that there were ancient hill towns everywhere! We spent about 4 hours wandering around this amazing city. For all of us, this has been our favorite city we have visited so far.......lack of tourists, ancient history and beautiful artisans' shops. The Etruscan gate into the city was built in the 4th century B.C.! It is hard to get your head around that. Speaking of heads, there were 3 ...
... not put on weight. The cities are gyms.
Our hotel, Alma Domus, is owned by the church and at one time was a convent. I believe part of the is still used by nuns. The place was reasonable cost, clean and comfortable, although the rooms were small. The view was amazing of the cathedral across a valley and up yet another steep hill. Fortunately you could get to the cathedral and the main public area two different ...