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... its edge where Bar/Restaurants/Gelaterias are found.
Dominating one side of the Piazza is the ancient Town Hall, decorated with dozens of coats of arms of the many men of power controlling the city over the centuries.
The floor of the Piazza is raked making it a favourite place for people to sit and when we were strolling through there were men taking down scaffolding from ...
... who works in the shop. She gives me a lot of insider information about food and culture that, to an Italian, is common sense, but to someone like me blows me away and baffles me. She helped me slice prosciutto and make a panino, telling me that a mild cheese would pair best with the salty meat. Furthermore, she stopped me when I went to drizzle olive oil on the final product, as "vegetable fat covers up the taste of animal fat." I must admit, she ...
... cheese, salads, grilled vegi's meats and of course wine! Since we were heading to Chianti, we went with Eduordo's recommendation from a family who he used to work for.
Our pizza's came out, but at that point we had all been eating appetizers so we probably didn't enjoy it as much as expected. Long, but great day...ready for tomorrow!
BTW...pics aren't loading well, so will load more once I get better connectivity.
... we quickly realized Gucci was well, still my favorite. Such wonderful sales people who really go out of there way for you and beautiful classic pieces. We got these great Gucci pillows for our new sofa and they are going to look so great. I won't go into anything else because that would just be tacky. If you are reading this, then you know I have a "thing" for Gucci, so just use your imagination.
We left one mall to go meet me friend ...
... and finger. Both are mummified and are contained in proudly displayed exhibits. I personally just thought it was creepy.
Perhaps the thing that makes Siena most famous is Piazza il Campo," a fan-shaped square where twice every summer there is "Il Palio," or horse race. They fill the piazza with sand (as you can see in my pictures, normally it's just brick...we were all quite worried about the poor horses!) and thousands of people ...