November 20, 2011


A short drive through the country landed us in Siena. Arriving hungry, we immediately checked in and headed to Piazza del Campo. Lined with numerous restaurants, this was a perfect place to observe the locals as we enjoyed fantastic pizza and cold beers. While we sat, we read about the Palio horse race that's held twice a year around the perimeter of the piazza. It is crazy to imagine 60,000 people crammed into this small area to watch 10 horses circle the piazza 3 times in a race that only lasts roughly 90 seconds.

After we had our fill of pizza and beer, we headed to the Duomo. Generally, these types of tourist destinations are not my favorite, but I really enjoyed the gothic architecture and art of Siena's cathedral.

The rest of the day was spent sampling local fare as we wandered the streets and eventually ending up back where we started the day at Piazza del Campo.

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