Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Siena e Firenze

Two awesome weekends in a row.  We took a bus to Siena Friday morning, got in around 1:45pm.  I went with three friends here from ND. 

Our hotel was right in the center of the town, only a 5 minute walk from Il Campo.  The best part was that it was comfortable, and only cost us 20euro per person. So we checked in, got settled, then walked around for the afternoon.  Ate some pizza in Il Campo, which is the main square in Siena where the Palio takes place in the summer.
We didn't go inside the Palazzo Pubblico, but we did walk around and see the two main churches in Siena, Santa Maria Assunta (Il Duomo) and San Domenico.  The Duomo was one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen.  It was made with bricks of white and black marble, with some pink as well, which makes it striped.

That evening we met up with some other people from our program were in Siena and we went out for aperitivi. 

The next morning we left really early to catch the 7 am train to Florence.  We ended up having to jog a little of the way to the train station, which is always fun.  But we made it, and it was a really cool ride through northern Tuscany.  After we checked into our hostel (which was pretty nice for 10e a night), we walked around and checked out the major spots.  Saw Ponte Vecchio, climbed the Duomo, and walked through the markets areas.  A lot of the girls bought leather jackets.

Sunday we went to mass at Santa Maria della Croce, where Michelangelo, Galileo, and Dante's tombs are.  It was a really nice experience, the church is beautiful on the outside like the Duomo, and the mass was in Italian.  In the afternoon we did the Uffizi gallery, which is where there is a ton of art.  Took us two hours to walk through it all, but it was well worth it.  For dinner we went to this place near our hostel and the train station that our hostel owner Veronique recommended.  It was awesome, I wrote down the name and address so if I ever make it back to Florence I know where to go.  The food was actually cheap, but the pasta was amazing.  Then we played some Scopa in the train station and caught our 9:15 back to Rome.

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