Discover Sienna: A Tour of Tuscany

Discover Sienna: A Tour of TuscanyWelcome back to part three of the 12-day backpacking tour through Germany and Italy. Next stop: Tuscany. Here is the land of rolling hills, ripe vineyards, and authentic Italian cuisine. It was the perfect place to rest after the frantic pace of Munich and the madness of Venice. The relaxed air of the town helped us destress and have a fabulous time. Discover Sienna with us!

Thursday

We spent most of the day traveling. The train ride from Venice to Sienna gave us a chance to unwind. We got to the cute B&B in the city’s center and immediately booked a trip to a Tuscan vineyard. Oh my goodness! We had a four-course dinner along with antipasti. It was delicious! We started with salami, prosciutto, cheese, and bruschetta out in a patio area near the restaurant. Then we walked down to the vineyards for a traditional Tuscan grill out. The first course was some kind of bread soup. The second course was a delicious pasta with a light tomato sauce. The third course was grilled meats—some kind of delicious sausage, pork, chicken, and beef—potatoes and fresh grilled vegetables. Then we had panna cotta covered in chocolate sauce. We sat with two couples traveling Italy together. They were mid-forties to early fifties with kids ages nine to fifteen from Florida and Texas. They were a ton of fun!


Discover Sienna - Bread Soup

Discover Venice - The Grill
Discover Venice - The Vineyard
Friday

We took a lazy morning. It was needed after Venice. And it rained in the morning. When we emerged, the sky was blue. We wandered around the shops downtown and then we got lunch at a Il Campo—plaza in caved a semi-circle. Excited, I ordered a Frutti del Mar pizza. I was not so excited when I got this.
Why are there shells on my pizza? And where’s the cheese?!

Discover Sienna - Frutti del Mar Pizza

After lunch we continued to wander around aimlessly. We found the wall dividing the old town from the new. We found one lovely vista and then another. This was our favorite.

Discover Sienna - Sienna Vista

We found the fortress. We had the choice between left and right. We took the left… wrong choice. We walked around the whole thing, and it was MASSIVE. Seriously huge. When we finally found the entrance (about 20 yards from our starting point), we went in and there was nothing to see. We could only laugh about it.

All the streets looked like this.

Discover Sienna - Sienna Vista

Aside from the electricity, it really feels like you’re taking a step back in time. Everything is worn stone and simplistic beauty. We had a fabulous dinner that evening at a place it took us too long to find and returned to our lovely B&B.

Saturday

We had a full day before catching a train to Rome, so we ambled around the rest of Sienna, seeking out the rest of the tourist stops we’d missed the day before. And I have to say this church was incredibly impressive. Everything was striped. Outside, black and white limestone reminded me of cartoon prison suits. Inside, marble striped the tall walls. We didn’t see everything as the tickets were expensive, but it was a sight to behold.

Discover Sienna - Striped Basilica

At lunch, we picked up pizza that was more like a grilled ham and cheese and took it to Il Campo–the half circle “square” in the center of Sienna. It dips down to the center like stadium seating. We enjoyed chasing off the pigeons, watching children run, and couples stroll. It was a lovely end to a lovely visit.

Discover Sienna - Il Campo

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6 Comments

  1. Heather Denniston November 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    My word did I LOVE Tuscany. It was so wonderful and gorgeous and I cannot wait to go back to try out the other parts of Italy!

  2. Medomfo November 4, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    That’s so cool!
    I’m one of Nancy Rue’s fans and she suggested you to me.
    I enjoy writing and daydreaming and when I’ve finished school, I want to travel as a missionary. I really like what you’re doing.
    Medomfo

  3. Abbey November 4, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Oh that looks absolutely beautiful! I agree, the pizza is a little weird. Haha

  4. Vanessa K November 3, 2016 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Ooooohhhhh man, so jelly! Italy is a foodies dream! haha One day, I’ll make it over there! One of the best meals I’ve ever had was in Catania Italy (I’ve never been to the mainland, just the Catania and Sicily, which isn’t really Italy according to Sicilians!) when I went to an authentic Italian restaurant. I don’t remember what it was called, but it was a pasta dish, naturally hehe and I had the best Tiramisu I’ve ever had in my life for dessert. I would go back in a heart beat 🙂 I’ll be living vicariously through your post! 😉

  5. chelsea jacobs November 3, 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

    The buildings there look SO gorgeous!

  6. Nellwyn November 3, 2016 at 9:33 am - Reply

    I loved Sienna when I was there many years ago. Definitely one of my favourite little towns in Tuscany!

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