04.09.2013 - 06.09.2013 32 °C
Siena is a place we were excited to go to but didn't really know much about. We got there in the evening and went out for a walk in the historic part of the city. Even though most places were closed we could tell it was a wonderful place. At some point along our walk we looked down one of the alleyways and noticed we were right beside the huge piazza that Siena is known for. There were tons of people around eating at the restaurants and just lingering in the square. We got pizza slices to go and just sat in the piazza for a while watching the life around us. It was the perfect way to spend our first night in Siena.
Nighttime pics never work out as well as intended - here's a repeat during the day
On our way home we walked by an old building and heard the sound of opera through the open doors. Peering through, we learned it was actually an opera right there by the roadside. Only in Italy!
The next day we walked around the city some more and really ended up enjoying it. It is definitely one of the nicest cities we've been to in Italy. It's a culmination of old, gothic architecture and narrow, windy cobblestone streets. It also has more of a higher end feel to it with the main street lined with nice boutiques. With those narrow streets came more hills to walk up and down. Didn't the people of the past know how to level out the ground? That night we went out for dinner outside in one of those streets and had an enjoyable night. Siena definitely charmed us into putting it on our highlight list.
This church was basically at the highest point in Siena - took a while to get there
This flatter street was more to Janet's liking