Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Day in Sienna, Italy


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.


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19 comments:

Mia @ The Chronicles of Chaos said...

These photos are breathtaking, Daryl!! :) Italy is one of those places that I *have* to visit before I die!

Jenna said...

So glad you were able to meet up with your friend! It's always so great having someone who knows a city show you around - best way to discover hidden gyms :)

xxx
Jenna

Alex Butts said...

ah looks amazing, and how lucky to find someone you know there - great surprise!

Kimberly said...

1. I love those green shutters. 2. That pizza looks incredible. 3. Two servings of gelato in one day? That sounds like my kind of vaca.

Michelle said...

Love your pictures! I want to visit.

Sandy said...

Siena was my favorite in Italy too, and that pizza looks delicious!

Kate Greer said...

Your pictures makes me miss Italy! I never made it to Sienna, but I explored a lot of small towns outside of Florence, which were incredible in their isolation and beauty!

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Tamaras Blend said...

Oh I LOVED this city. I wrote about it on the blog a few weeks ago. And we've been on a couple of same places! :)

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Camila Carneiro said...

Gotta show my sister these pictures. She went to Italy last year and fell in love with Florence. I'm guessing next time she should try Sienna, it looks so charming!
Oh, and how fun that you got to make this rendezvous!

xoxo
Camila.
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Mimi Finerty said...

That pizza looks to die for. You know my feelings on food. Enough said. :)

Nicole Marie said...

my sister studied in sienna while i studied in florence. it was such a nice escape from a bigger, busier city

Mary Lynn said...

SO glad you got to spend the day together! I hope to have Cora as a personal tour guide to Italy myself someday!!!

Anonymous said...

Siena!

Allison Lizer said...

Incredible. You really have a gift for photography!

Mimi said...

oh my gosh, it's such a beautiful place! thanks for sharing these wonderful photos with us! :D

<3, Mimi
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Sara Louise said...

Meeting up with your childhood friend must have made your trip just that little bit more special :)

Lana and Chris McCoy said...

Great suggestions! I love Florence and I am trying to book a quick trip there with my Hubby as he has never been. . . I am going to put Siena on our travel schedule!
Lana

Jenny said...

Such gorgeous pictures! I really want some of that pizza...

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Sienna is a place I'd love to go to and have already in mind for next summer!! So beautiful. Italy itself is so pretty and so full of life...thanks for making me homesick. ;)

xoxo

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