26.06.2014 - 26.06.2014
Our first venture from the farm is the city of Sienna. A fierce rival of Florence during the 16th century, it is now a rival for tourism. Despite being to the south of us, we needed to head north to Florence before getting on the train to head back south. Unlike Florence, Sienna is built atop a large hill and we needed to take about nine escalators to reach the top of the train station.
The Piazza de Campo is a well preserved medieval center in a peculiar shell shape. From here narrow streets extend out in winding patterns.
From here we wandered through the streets until we found the main cathedral and purchased a multipass to see several different locations. These included a library with absurdly sized books, the crypt, a high tower for scenic sights and the church itself.
Having to get back to Florence, we were unable to find and sample Sienesse classics, like wild boar. However we did get some pizza that was on a much thicker dough than in Florence. Despite the dark brown and crispy exterior, the inside was soft and buttery. For toppings we had it stacked with a variety of meats since our diet at the farm has been lacking protein.