We were in Siena from October 25 to October 27.

Once we arrived I knew we were in for a treat because the coach couldn’t drive to the hotel. We had to be dropped of in a parking lot and walk up. Not a bad walk, nothing like the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

On Monday, October 26th we went to see the Piazza del Campo & the Palazzo Pubblico as well as the Siena Cathedral (Duomo).

The Piazza del Campo is known for the Palio horse race and it’s held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16. I loved sitting in the town square, people watching, eating gelato (of course), and drinking wine (again…of course). I didn’t get a great photo of the town square but I did find a great one online [source:] to show the scope of the square.

After spending time in the piazza, we all went to the Siena Cathedral. The Cathedral is beautiful and the students had the task of focusing on the floors, I did my usual, took loads of pictures for the blog!

For some reason I really wanted a photo of the artwork called Fat Ladies “Peace & Future” by Xu Hongfeis.

Siena provided one challenge, the location of our hotel was near a lot of shopping. So many options that I bought two bags, a pair of shoes, and insoles for my L.L. Bean Boots. Judge me, please. I am judging myself.

Leaving Siena we made a stop in San Gimignano on our way to Florence.

Important: If you are ever in San Gimignano get the mint gelato, it has real mint leaves in it, from Gelateria di Piazza. Trust me!

Originally published at on November 6, 2015.

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