Friday, 20 April 2012

Tuscany Trip Report - walk day two and Siena

Hello! The weekend's here! Very happy about that! I thought I should finish writing about our Easter holiday. We'd just spent the night in Colle di Val d'Elsa, and the next day we had 16km to walk to get to Siena. We actually started with a short taxi ride to the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni.

It's amazingly well preserved - the walls are completely intact, with very impressive views of the surrounding countryside.

The walking from there was quite easy and very scenic. It was very peaceful, hardly anyone else about.

We arrived on the outskirts of Siena by mid afternoon, after quite a steep climb up, and were rewarded with a view of the city.

Our hotel was on this side of the city, so we headed straight there, before going into the city centre for the evening. It's very atmospheric, you really feel that it hasn't changed much for the last 500 years.  

We had the whole of the next day to explore Siena as well, so we went inside the Palazzo Pubblico, the 'town hall' on the main square, to admire the incredible frescoes. We decided against the 400 steps of the tower, but found very good views inside the Museo dell'opera del duomo instead - the snow-capped mountains in the distance were very impressive.

All in all, a really lovely city, and a great final destination for our walk in Tuscany.

Tomorrow I'm starting on my pyjamas for the Pyjama Party. My fabric is all washed and ready to go - I just hope it's as easy as the pattern claims to be!

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