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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 ...
... br> Rick Steves' travel books have been the backbone of everything we have done in Europe. I had also downloaded his audio tours for various museums and city walkabouts. In the menu of podcasts are Rick's interviews with various people connected to an area. One such interview was with the author, sailor and vintner Ferenc Mate. He has written several books, one of which is A Tuscan Vineyard. I bought ...
... including winery and cheesery. In the p.m., Aperitivo buongiorrno Toscana, a “culture” class of the area featuring an Italian language teacher!
Monday: tour and organic lunch with Sandra at a nearby oragnic family farm; then in the p.m. wine tour and tasting at Bunello de Montalcino.
Tuesday: Guided tour of the ancient “Hermitage” - an archaelogical site owned by the Moricciani family, ...