The Siena Incident
Trip Start Jan 09, 2011
27Trip End Feb 06, 2012
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So today we decided to take a day trip to Siena. Apparently it's a picturesque little town that has a beautiful courtyard that once a year has one of the most dangerous horse races ever. Thankfully, we're not going during that time of year. So we arrived at the Florence train station with plenty of time to spare, went for a walk and bought an umbrella, and then purchased our ticket. We headed over to where 3 Trenitalia employees assured us the train would be at and with several others(mostly tourists like us), we waited. And waited. And waited some more. Then the train showed a 5 minute delay. So we waited again. 5 minutes became 10 minutes up on the board. Then after another 5 minutes, delayed became cancelled. So we wandered over to the Trenitalia office to try and get a refund for our ticket. No go on that. Apparently they don't do refunds if the single ticket is under 10 Euros.
I'm going to be writing a very angry and comprehensive email to Trenitalia when I return to Canada, and they can't possibly screw me again.
Anyway, we arrived in Siena without further incident, and it's a beautiful town.
After taking in the view of the plaza, we wandered into a gelatto shop. I had mango, Jayne had chocolate.
Now, the Duomo is immense, and made to look even larger by being wedged into a small plaza. It completely dominates everything around it, and owes the fact that it's still around to the black death.
Now we're heading back to Florence, or Firenze as the locals call it. The guy at the train station got confused when I called it Florence. The joys of living in Saskatchewan - the name so large it only needs one. The plan is to get some pasta and then head back to the B & B and get cleaned up for bed. If you're reading this those goals have been achieved.
We took 8 escalators from the train station to the top of Siena's walls(where the path to the city centre began).
According to the weather channel we might experience our first batch of bad weather - in the form of rain - tomorrow. Fingers crossed that the sun sticks around and the rain goes somewhere that it's needed. Like Naples. That town needs a shower.