We hopped into our little Alpha Romeo rental car Wednesday morning and set off on our first road trip in Tuscany. We refused to let overcast skies dampen our spirits…it was not yet raining and maybe we could take in the sights of Siena before the promised rain began to fall. With some advice from our host, who pointed us in the right direction, we set off with a map, high hopes and a full tank of gas!
Two minor wrong turns and 90 minutes later we managed to find our way to the IL Campo parking lot; exactly where we wanted to be! We pulled in just as the skies opened up. With a stop along the way to purchase an 8 Euro umbrella, we quickly walked thru the 12th century Piazza del Campo. On a nicer day, we might have lingered, but today we find it filled with too many tourists and tour groups all looking for a warm dry spot to eat.
After lunch at a quiet place in the much smaller and less touristy Piazza Indipendenza, we headed to Siena Duomo, described in our guide book as “one of the most spectacular in Italy.” After today, I think we would have to agree.
We have grown to love the coffee bars in Italy. While many sit and enjoy conversation or a newspaper with their cappucchino, others stand at the bar only long enough to down a quick shot of espresso. If you blink, you'll miss them!