Friday, September 18, 2015

Walkabout Tour - Siena

My, Aunt Gail, and I really enjoyed the day-tour through Walkabout. I did their "Best of Tuscany Tour" and it really seemed like the best!

In one full day we visited Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa, and also had a lovely lunch on an organic farm set in a Chianti vineyard. (Yes, please!)

Our morning began in Siena, where we had a one-hour tour. The tour ended inside the duomo and then we had a bit of free time before meeting back up to head to the vineyard as our next stop.

Siena is one of my favorites  : )

 Siena is built among steep hills. Narrow alleyways feel like a maze.
Below is a view of an older church (not the duomo) and looking out on the outskirts of the city:

Our tour group in the main square:

We were there towards the end of June and the city was busy preparing and setting up for the Palio, a horse race held twice a year. The race is very traditional and the entire city gets involved! The main square is sectioned off for the different groups or 'contrades'. The first Palio was held in 1656 !!

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