The Italian Version of San Francisco

Trip Start Aug 25, 2012
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Trip End Jan 04, 2013


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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Want to get an intense leg workout and don't live in San Francisco- come to Siena! Proper walking shoes are a must to travel around this city. 
The city is lovely- as is just about every Italian city- and plays host to the famous horse racing that occurs once a year (Palio di Siena). I of course arrived a week or 2 too late in order to witness the madness. 
I was privy to a guide that was essentially impossible to understand and towards the end of our tour, basically everyone had removed their headphones for all we could hear was "Wah wah wah wah." Charlie Brown knows our pain. 
One of the most annoying things about being in Italy and having the ability to witness some of the most incredible churches and Palazzos in history is the fact that THEY WON'T ALLOW YOU TO TAKE PHOTOS of the beauty. It's infuriating. All I would like to do is be able to remember the incredible beauty of these places and I know my memory will eventually fail me; therefore, a photo is the only solution. 
The most memorable part of Siena in my opinion was the Duomo. It was....incredible. The inside blew my mind. The outside had amazing sculptures with incredible detail. (*I have yet to see the inside of the Duomo in Florence so I can't compare- however, the outside of the Italian Duomo is still amazingly beautiful*). I've never seen so many incredible pieces of artistic expression housed in a single place. I had to use my backup battery because of all the pictures I was taking. 
Moreover, at the very end of my tour, I saw a preserved human finger and head (St. Catherine I believe). It was quite amazing.
 
Overall, even though the weather was unbearable and the hills were exhausting, Siena was a lovely city that could have been afforded more time. 
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