Siena

Trip Start Nov 04, 2008
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Trip End Dec 15, 2008


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Vila Elda

Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sorry for the delay in the updates everyone.  We didn't have internet access for a few days.  Now we're in Venice so I'm updating for the last few days (thank god, my lack of internet shakes are now gone!)


John and I left Rome this morning heading for Siena. We planned to get on a train that will go through Orvieto where Wil and Alaina will get on and that will take us all to Siena.  The train station is hectic, the tickets and signs are all in Italian so John and I board in hopes we find our right seats.  We crawl into a car with seats numbered 23 and 24 and wait for the train to leave.  Minutes later some old people come and in Italian talk about the seats.  It's then we realize that the tickets have cars assigned and we're in the wrong car.  We grab our backpacks and walk two cars up.  There are some people in our seats so we just sit in the next ones and it works out.  At the Orvieto stop John jumps off to look for Wil and Alaina.  No sight of them, the train takes off.  I walk as many train cars as I feel I have time for, scared jumping in between the cars, but still no sign of them.  At the Siena stop we're walking to the exit from the last car and there in the distance we spot Wil and Alaina coming out of the first car.  We  couldn't have been sat further apart.  Oh well, no biggie now - we're in Siena!! 

Although this town is small it's hilly so we hail a taxi from the station and he takes us up the hill to our hotel.  It's a cute little hotel run by a nice couple and a little dog.  John and I take a room on the 2nd floor and Wil and Alaina head up to the 3rd.  Both of our views are spectacular.  The Italian town is exactly what we pictured.   It's market day so we drop our bags and walk to the Fort where the market is.  Rows and rows of tents selling everything....like a Wal-Mart!  Clothes, dishes, small appliances, beauty products, shoes, groceries.  Wil buys a pair of lambs wool gloves and we pick up some apples, oranges, pears, olives, bread, focciaca, salami, chocolate, smoked mozzarella and regular mozzarella, two bottles of wine and two beers for the walk back.  Once back at the hotel we go up to the 4th level to the roof top terrace and enjoy our market lunch.  The local food is delicious!  It's
plenty to refuel us to explore Siena and get us through to dinner.

Siena is beautiful, a nice quaint Tuscan town.  We walked from the hotel, past the fort and to the Piazza de Campo. We found an olive oil store and I bought some olive oils to send home.  The olive oil is a brilliant green and the others are flavored with everything from truffles to lemon.  In our exploration of Siena we discovered a hip bar.  We stopped for some drinks; two beers, two glasses of wine all for 6 Euro - we love this place!  We decide to stay here and kill some time as we wait for our restaurant to open.  We don't have reservations and we want to be
able to eat at this specific place and tour their wine cave.  The restaurant used to be a garage but since the real estate was so valuable they sold it off and it became the restaurant it is today.  The restaurant noticed an archway on the wall and thought it might be an opening so they started to chip away. They found it was another room filled with sand and over one year they cleaned out all the sand and then called in archeologists who discovered it was an old house, over 3,000 years old. Today they use it as their wine and cheese storage and give tours to their customers.  We were lucky we got there right at 1900 because we're told the restaurant is fully booked by 2015. Sure enough by 2000 it was fully seated and the line was down the street.  Our food was excellent.  We had bruchetta, chicken livers, risotto, homemade pasta, chicken and wild boar.  Not to mention a bottle of red and white wine!

The walk home was nice, cold and uphill but nice and refreshing.  We get to the hotel; say good night and each retire to our rooms. The hotel is comfortable and everyone sleeps well.
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