The first half of today was a travel day. We got up semi-early, grabbed some (free) breakfast from the Hotel Aberdeen in Rome, and then schlepped all of our belongings – which are starting to take up more room every time we pack – across Rome. After a quick Metro ride we were at the bus station, ready to move on to Siena. Just a note to anyone who may want to travel to Italy – bus travel is waaaaaay nicer and much less stressful than train travel. The bus took about 3 hours to reach Siena, and that gave us plenty of time to research what we wanted to do.
Quick history lesson: Siena is about 35 miles south of Florence, and the two were medieval rivals. Siena had been a large military and trade power, but was hit hard by the black death (1348 – so, not any time recently) – and was then conquered by Florence.
We realized that we have been travel maniacs for the past week and we should probably tone it down a little. So, we decided to check out Il Campo (rated by some as the best piazza in all of Italy), and the Duomo. There is also a large tower that we had wanted to climb (the Torre del Mangia for those who are interested), but as part of admission to the Duomo, we got access to a “Panorama View” which had some great views of the city and Tuscany.
After leaving the Duomo museum, we strolled around the town, and had dinner at Trattoria La Torre. Jason refers to this restaurant as the coolest place ever . It was a family run eatery with an open kitchen and freshly made everything. He got home made pasta with boar sauce – something that he has been looking forward to this entire trip. THEN, he got what the owner referred to as “pork steak”- which was a giant piece of pork. As we were leaving I tried to take a photo of the restaurant and the owner stepped out just as I was taking the photo. I don’t know if it was the language barrier or what, but now we have photos of both of us with the owner.
Anyways, tomorrow we are on the move again. We head to Cinque Terre for 3 nights, and hopefully can take things a little slower for a few days.