Trip of a Lifetime VI : Siena Tuscany 2010


Following on from our wonderful few days on Cinque Terre, we arrived in Tuscany, via a few train changes.

Siena is the home of the famous Il Palio horse race around the Piazza Del Campo.  We arrived a few days before this event and unfortunately left the day before, but we got to see the piazza  change gradually each day with the spectator stalls being erected.

Copy (1) of IMG_2850Siena is divided into 17 neighbourhoods (contrade) and 10 of these race in the first race, which are chosen by a draw, then the last 7 plus 3 from the first race compete again.  During this time there is fierce rivalry between neighbourhoods.  During the racing period wall mounted lights are erected with each neighbours colours boldly being displayed.  As you walk around Siena you will know which contrade you are in by the colours and patterns on the lights.  These mark the territory of each neighbourhood and are proudly displayed._MG_2819

Siena is a classic medieval town in the hills of Tuscany which is also quite near the famed Chianti wine area.  The Duomo Di Siena is also a drawcard with its magnificent architecture.

 

A beautiful area that needed much more exploration than the time we had.  W e did manage a couple of winery tours wich are unlike tours here in Australia.  When on a winery tour in Italy it takes hours, make sure you have enough time.  It is really an art moreso than a perfunctory duty.  You will start in one area of the winery and will sip some wine and then you will be given some wine and cheese and maybe prosciutto to eat then taste the wine again, which made a big difference.  The taste of the wine after food completely changed which was interesting.  Further into the winery you will stop a couple more times and tasting and eating, possibly from a large pecorino wheel and at the last tasting you may be in the winery’s church having a dessert wine.  Totally different than expected but a memorable experience nonetheless.

 

 

 

Onwards and upwards to the Amalfi Coast next stop – bring it on!

My previous posts – Trip of a Lifetime I – Paris, Trip of a Lifetime II – Provence and Trip of a Lifetime III – Lake Como, Trip of a Lifetime IV – Venice and Trip of a Lifetime V – Cinque Terre

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34 comments

  1. You’re right, it has very interesting architecture, lots to soak in. The wine tasting sounds like a day’s outing, they don’t do things by halves, do they? I’d like to experience that outing myself!
    Wonderful photos by the way, a beautiful selection from the area.

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  2. What a great way to do wine tasting, we should make them introduce that here!
    Great photos of what looks like an amazing trip.

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  3. I would love to see Siena again, I went there as part of our pilgrimage tour. Next time I’d love to do it your way to appreciate it in a different light.

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    • Id like to go back too Bebs… to see more of the outlying country as it was taken up largely by wine tasting! There are some fabulous places to explore next time too. I hope you get to go back 🙂

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  4. I love Italy but have never (yet) been to Tuscany. I hope to get there some time. Your photos are lovely and the wine tasting sounds really interesting.

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  5. Beautiful! Such a stunning place…

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  6. How lovely! When I went to Siena in 1993, I truly fell in love with the history, the architecture and the people. Glad you enjoyed yourself!!!

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  7. Marvelous! Just breathtaking view

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  8. Wot! No mention of Santa Caterina di Siena? Apart from that, Karen, a lovely treatment of this famous city. The duomo is really something. Your wine tour brings back very happy memories too 🙂

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  9. So beautiful, it is a place I would love to go to one day.

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  10. Love sienna! Enjoyed your post as going back in July.

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  11. Ah, you’ve made me nostalgic for past trips to that region! Must dig out some photos and have a reminisce! 😀

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  12. Gorgeous! I’ve only been to a couple of places in Italy and neither disappointed. Would so love to go back and visit more…. your trips only encourage me to do so! 🙂
    Alison x

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  13. amazing all! what a beautiful place

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  14. How amazing! Made me feel warm inside 🙂 Maybe you will find it interesting – “Two greedy iItalians” 😉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp3BeRqi0Sk

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  15. Great images of this beautiful city! Live to revisited in the near future.

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  16. ahh Bella Toscana!! Absolutely beautiful photos Kaz!!

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