Thursday, 3 November 2016

Siena, Italy

Siena promises one major thing. The best italian food I've ever had. There, I said it.

That and some epic scenery. So my pictures are a mish mash of the two days that we spent there (as you can tell there are a mix of sunny and grey pics...)

We arrived in Siena and to say it was pouring was an understatement. Boo. On the plus side though, our AirBnb was opposite the Tiger store. Yay!
Once we had settled in and dumped our bags off we went hunting for sustenance.. I already sussed out this place: Trattoria Papei.

The most perfect ragu. Honestly, I can't even describe to you how perfect it was. Rich, meaty and totally, totally satisfying. The papperdelle was amazing (ask for this as the pasta they serve the ragu is usually tagliatelle).

I mean, it makes me salivate everytime I think about this:

Carbs don't count when you are on holiday right..?

We actually loved this place so much we went here on the second day so we could try out the other dishes! Here's the carbonara:

...and a close up shot of the penne all'arrabbiata.

After we stuffed ourselves silly we waddled walked around the town to see what Siena was all about.
 A small but perfectly formed town, with it's fair share of hills and cobbles await.

We decided to head into the Siena Cathedral - like with most Tuscan cities, cathedrals are a plenty.

Look at the tiles that I found in one of the rooms: ...and up above, on the ceiling.
We also paid a visit to the Museum of Metro

Back outside the weather still hadn't gotten better... but you see the Piazza below? There's a famous horse race titled 'Palio di Siena' which happens twice a year, in July and August. Here, ten horses and their riders (representing ten of the city 'Contrade' or, areas of the city) will race here. The lap itself, only lasts for 90 seconds. A mere three laps around the Campo, the horse that crosses the line first is the winner, and the prize? A "Drappellone", a large painted canvas designed and created by a different artist. The drappellone is then displayed in the winning contrada museum.

I can only wonder how busy the city is when the Palio is in full gear... (the apartments/hotels rates go up to crazy money during this season by the way, just in case you were wondering!)

The scenery was incredible:
I can't express how much I loved Siena. The scenery was stunning and the food was second to none.

The only downside was that we couldn't spend another day here as we were heading to the main event, H and R's wedding...! 

F x


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