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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 ...
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It was one of Europe's wealthiest cities from 1260-1348. Many of its buildings and art works originate from that time. Now, the historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.
Today we got to see the historical place for ourselves. ...
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 ...
... visit to Montepulciano which left us unsure about driving on muddy backroads to the Ferenc's vineyard. So instead, we headed for the ancient hilltop town only to find the entire town enveloped in a cloud. Tending to be tenacious, we did not despair as we hiked up the narrow cobblestone streets in the fog and rain. One of Rick Steves' recommendation here was Caffe' Poliziano, the towns most ...
... ok and English perfectly. Elenora, even though she was the teacher, could not speak or understand English terribly well, so it was another occasion where we were all stumbling to understand each other. It was fun.
I left there to do one last peruse to make sure I hadn't missed anything. When I first arrived I didn’t really like any of the leather bags that were on display in the shops. By today they had grown on me and I had to ...