I wasn't even aware when we arrived in Tuscany that Cora, a childhood friend of mine (pictured above) was currently studying abroad in Sienna. Thanks to this blog, her mom was able to contact me and tell me she was there and I should look her up. I am so glad I did!
Cora and I were friends so long ago I remember her more from pictures than I do from real-memories. I believe the last time I saw her before she'd moved away was fifteen years ago! Seeing her again in Sienna was so fun, and it was awesome to have someone show us around.
Without Cora, we never would have discovered Menchetti, a delicious and inexpensive pizza restaurant in a grocery store that Steven and I would have previously passed by, none the wiser. Best pizza I've ever had? Probably, and the two of us completely stuffed ourselves at dinner for a grand total of seven euros. (!!!)
While I loved Florence, Sienna definitely has my heart. It is much smaller, and so charming. After hours of sightseeing and exploring, we parked ourselves right in the middle of the Piazza Del Campo (a huge square with a slight incline which makes it perfect for lounging) and read our books while enjoying our second gelato of the day.
P.S. If you haven't entered to win $100 to J.Crew yet...
you will probably want to. Just saying.