The old city of Siena Tuscany Italy

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Siena,  Famous for its crazy horse race held every year between July and August. this is a pageant culminating in the bareback horse race round Il Campo . The only rule during this 3 lap race is that jockeys cannot tug the reins of the other horses. I am sure we have all seen the news reels on TV. The prise for coming first is a silk banner which I can buy in a lot of shops anyway, but is all about tradition and they do it so very well here. Siena is an enchanting city. Its walled centre and well preserved warren of lanes are very eye catching, it would be a lovely place to lose yourself. Of course everything gravitates towards the Piazza del Compo also known as Il Compo where the famouse race is held. It is a huge area and once you set foot in the square you immediately feel the atmosphere of this particular event and also the danger of it. Inside this square you will find the Civic Museum, we did not go into this as it was a sunday and nothing happens until after 2pm or after church time. It is still a great building to walk into though. Of course another magnificent sight is the Duomo. This is a gothic cathedral which begun in  1196 and was finally completed in 1215, although a lot of work still continued well into the 13th century. Once you see this structure you can understand why. Once again we ambled our way through all this, sometimes wondering if we would ever get to the top of the hill. After a few hours it was time for a cuppa so sat down in the Piazza del Campo to have a rest and refreshments. We were once again disappointed with the coffee here in Italy. We were under the illusion that we would get the best cuppa in the world here but it is absolute crap so far. Very little taste and a cup full of froth, but we will keep trying. The short blacks are not as bad but still pretty weak. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed Siena and had a good day there.
Tomorrow Florence.
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stu on

for a good coffee head a few more streets in and away from the tourist areas, as in go into the city streets and find where the locals drink. Better produce and half the price. In Rome we paid $5 for a beer in the main streets, two streets in we paid $1

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