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  • Day18

    Céline in Siena

    July 4, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Nearly missed the train Rome to Siena with 2 minutes to spare. Arrived in Siena and met Celine and Luca. Went up the tower of Siena, saw where they do the horse races and went in the church. Luca the tour guide showed us what to eat and what to do. Went back to have an aperotivo in a tiny walled city. Then made it to luca's beautifulproperty in nature where we watched the stars and glow worms.Read more

    Alison Lewis

    Did you go to the very top of the tower?

    Alison Lewis

    Buon giorno Celine. :-)

    Caitlin Lewis

    Haha yep all the way up

  • Day19

    Siena to Florence

    July 5, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Had a sleep in and cruisy day in Siena with Celine and Luca. Tried wild boar for lunch and nearly missed our bus to Florence. In Florence met Meagan's friend Mhairi who took us out for dinner and karaoke with her Contiki friends.Read more

  • Day12

    Day 12b. Il Palio di Siena

    August 16, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We were locked into the Piazza for the Palio race at 4:30pm. We were told no escape or toilets until it’s all over. However we noticed that the Contrada performers Gate was left open and people kept entering until about 6:30pm.
    The teams paraded around the arena from 5pm. The bullocks pulled a cart of officials around at 5:45pm.
    The race started at 7pm with 5 invalid lineups (horse out of line or wrong order) then a false start then another 5 invalid lineups then go. There is a gun shot for the invalid starts. The race finally started at 7:30pm. Green & Gold won. Two riders fell from their horses. One got off the track in time the other fell very hard and did not get off until paramedics removed him on a stretcher.
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    What a city

    Merv Renton

    It's a bit crazy!

    Julie Lewington

    What an amazing experience x

  • Day12

    Day 12. Il Palio di Siena

    August 16, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Drove 2 hours to Siena. We arrived at our accommodation about 12:30pm, Siena Hostel Guidoriccio, Via Fiorentina 89. Unfortunately check in is 3pm even though we asked for 12 noon. They had our room ready 2:30pm. A bit more hostel than hotel than we expected. We were given clean sheets and pillow cases for our bed but no towels!! We threw our bags into our room and walked 40 minutes into Siena old city centre. The Palio celebrations were well under way with street parades and performances from the Contrade teams. We followed the parades for an hour. Stopped for refreshments and toilet visit then off to the Piazza del Campo at 4pm to get a free spot in the Piazza Centre before gates are locked at 4:30pm. We alternated between standing and sitting on the ground until the race started.
    Horses came into the Piazza at 7pm. 5 invalid lineups (horse out of line or wrong order) then a false start then 5 invalid lineups then go. Race started at 7:30pm. We thought Green & Gold won but it was Lupa (Orange, Green, White). It is the horse that wins. The winner was the riderless horse. The jockey that fell off and got off the track.
    Left about 7:45pm and went to the entrance where we had to leave our metal cups. Only one cup remaining.
    Walked out of the centre to Piazza Giocomo Mattiotti and had pizza and beer for dinner.
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  • Day6

    Chauffeured Drive of Tuscany

    November 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Its Stop - Siena, a city in central Italy’s Tuscany region, is distinguished by its medieval brick buildings. The fan-shaped central square, Piazza del Campo, is the site of the Palazzo Pubblico, the Gothic town hall, and Torre del Mangia, a slender 14th-century tower with sweeping views from its distinctive white crown. The city’s 17 historic “contrade” (districts) extend outward from the piazza.Read more

  • Day20

    Florence - Day 19 Tour - To Siena

    August 15, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Heading to Siena today by train. Have to drop the car off after breakfast and to the train station.

    So we trained it to Siena and did some shopping and finally fixed the TIM SIM card. Then caught a taxi to the hotel we are staying at.its 22 km from Siena and his a Golf and Spa Resort. Beautiful and a bit posh for us 😁😁😁.

    Settled into our room and then had a look around. We had dinner sitting outside under the Tuscan Sun sipping wine and relaxing.

    Great day.
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  • Day21

    Siena - Day 20 Tour - Palio di Siena

    August 16, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    So this morning a bit of a sleep 8n with comfy beds. Kirah went for a walk while I showered and then we got ready for brekky.

    Had a yummy brekky and then back to the room. Kirah had a bit of a snooze as she is not feeling great. We then decided to walk over to the pool and spend a couple of hours working on our fans 😁😁😁 just relaxed and the water was a bit chilly but I liked it.

    Organised our ride into Siena for the race and went back to our room to get ready. Took some Lucy's and then the taxi arrived to pick us up.

    Arrived in Siena and it's crazy, but a good crazy 😁😁😁, the people for each Contrada (district) where out parading the streets with their flags and drummers etc. The out fits were medieval. This is serious business.

    So the race goes like this. The horses and jockeys ate kept separate from everyine so that they cannot be tampered with. Each contrado has a stable that the hirse is kept in once it is pickled. There is no betting on the race, however the jockeys vie with each other and officials to get poll position which is the inside track. The jockey that does the best job will be priced and will be the first puck for each Contrado the next year. The prize money is $700,000 euros and the winner (contrado) has to pay for the whole thing, but the honour and prestige of winning is what it is all about.

    Thete is about 4 hours of parades around the track before the race culminating in a wagon being pulled by four white bulls, the BIGGEST bulls I have ever seen. The police race their horses around the track with swords drawn. A big day.

    The race is set to start at 7 pm, however there is no starting gate and it can take a while to get the horses to line up and be ready. It took so long tonight. Apparently if they can't get them sorted before dark the r save gets held over until the next day.

    Anyway we had balcony seats, no way would I have coped not saw anything in the general admission in the middle of the track.

    The race took three laps and about 30 - 40 seconds and it was done, but what a race. We were sitting right above a corner that was swuate not circular and as they raced around this cirner a rider clipped the fence with his leg asnd cane off but managed to get out of the way, but it crested another rider to cone off his horse and her was run over by a couple of horses. The ambulance peopke raced ourmt obto the track to get him, they got him onto the stretcher abd started to gwt off the track but dropped him, they only just got him to the fence as the horses came around again. It was intense.

    The first rider that came off, his horse went on to win the race as once started they can finish without their rider. CRAZY.

    We said our good byes to our host a and had dinner and back to the hotel. An early start in the morning, heading for Cinque Terre in the morning by three trains 😁😁😁

    Crazy day that I would not have missed for the world.
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  • Day174

    Duathlon in Siena

    March 3, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Unser erster gemeinsamer Toskanaausflug brachte uns heute nach Siena, ganz ohne zu wissen, dass wir Zuschauer eines Duathlons werden. Aber der Reihe nach.

    Wir frühstückten gemütlich und brachten anschließend die knapp 40-minütige Autofahrt hinter uns. Das Auto stellten wir in der Nähe der Fortezza Medicea ab, von welcher man einen schönen Ausblick auf das historische Zentrum der Stadt hat.

    Als wir dieses dann betraten, bahnte sich ein Polizeimotorrad gefolgt von einem immer wieder pfeifenden Fahrradfahrer den Weg durch die Gassen. Diese beiden führten einen Trupp von Sportlern an, welche ohne Absperrung mitten im Tourigeschehen gerade die Laufstrecke ihres Duathlons bestritten. Schon verrückt.

    Auf dem muschelförmigen Piazza del Campo sahen wir dann, gestärkt durch ein Stück Pizza, auch den Zieleinlauf des Wettkampfes.

    Anschließend zog es uns noch zu dem beeindruckenden Dom von Siena. Auf dem Rückweg zum Auto schlenderten wir durch die Stadt und kauften noch ein paar toskanische Leckereien ein.

    Zurück am Haus haben wir uns noch in die Sonne gesetzt und selbstgemachte Linzertorte verspeist, bis es dann zu kühl wurde, weshalb wir uns lieber innerhalb der Wohnung aufhielten.
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  • Day23


    July 4, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Schon in allerfrüh brechen wir von der Amalfiküste auf. Heute haben wir ein relativ großes Teilstück zu bewältigen. Es geht eindeutig Richtung Heimat! Ohne Zwischenstopp legen wir die etwa 450 Kilometer lange Strecke nach Siena zurück. Viel Zeit zur Besichtigung haben wir nicht, Hannah will zumindest einen Eindruck kriegen.
    Wie so oft landen wir um die Mittagszeit. Parkplatz finden wir glücklicherweise gleich vor dem Stadttor unweit der Piazza del Campo. Diese muschelförmige Platz ist einfach nur schön. Heute ist er an seiner Außenseite mit einem breiten, festgestampften Band aus Sand bedeckt. Vor zwei Tagen fand das berühmte Pferderennen, das Palio, bei dem die Jockeys auf ungesattelten Pferden im Höllentempo um den Platz jagen, statt. Wir nehmen im erstbesten Straßencafè platz und schauen uns eine Szene des letzten Rennens an. Es tut niemandem von uns leid, dass wir dieses Spektakel verpasst haben. Am Cafè wären wir auch besser vorbei gegangen, 16,50 Euro für zwei Cola und ein kleines Mineralwasser 😱, voll in die Touristenfalle gerappt. Aber man zahlt nicht für's Getränk, sondern den Platz am Platz 😉. Ein wenig schlendern wir durch die Gassen, wollen uns jedoch richtig stärken ehe wir unsere Besichtigungstour richtig starten. Abseits vom Zentrum werden wir fündig, eine kleine Trattoria, vier Tische draußen, ein paar Tische drinnen, kleine Karte mit Spezialitäten aus der Gegend. Drei Mitarbeiterinnen inklusive Köchin. Wir bestellen u.a. Gnocchi mit Estragonpesto, die landen gleich auf der Liste der nachzukochenden Gerichte.
    Gut gestärkt nehmen wir uns den Dom vor. Eine Kirche mit wunderschönem Marmorboden mit 56 Darstellungen, die zu unterschiedlichen Zeiten entstanden sind. Die Kirche birgt auch die Bibliothek zu Ehren des Enea Silvio Piccolomini, den späteren Papst Pius II, mit großartigen Handschriften sowie einer Darstellung seines Lebens anhand von zehn Fresken. Prächtig ausgestaltet mit Fresken sind auch Krypta und Baptisterium.
    Nach ausführlicher Kirchenbesichtigung bleibt uns noch Zeit für ein paar Fotos, ehe es zurück zum Auto geht. Wir wollen noch weiter nach Florenz, wo unser nettes B&B auf uns wartet.
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    Susanne Heissenberger

    Dieser Platz ist einfach wirklich schön! 🤩

  • Day7


    Yesterday in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Unser heutiger Tagesausflug führte uns zu einem der bekannteren Bond Spielorte der Neuzeit: Siena. Die markante Stadt wartet mit allerhand beeindruckenden Gebäuden, malerischen Gassen und einem unverkennbaren Hauptplatz auf. Die Stadt lädt zum Bummeln, Schlemmen und verweilen ein. Nur an die gewachsene Anzahl an Autos und Leuten mussten wir uns erst gewöhnen 😉.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Siena, Сіена, Сиена, Σιένα, Sieno, Sienne, סיינה, सियेना, SAY, シエーナ, Saena Iulia, Sien-a, Séna