Sunday, January 27, 2013

Best of Tuscany

Yesterday, I took a tour with a couple of friends to Siena, a wine tasting and lunch in Chianti, San Gimignano, and Pisa. It was a long day, but we got to see (and eat!) a lot!

First stop: Siena
Siena was actually my favorite city we visited during the day. It was incredibly charming with picturesque streets, and Piazza Del Campo, the square where the famous horse race, Il Palio, is held twice every year, was incredible! It was shaped like a seashell with a giant dip in the middle. Not to mention the beautiful Duomo, which contained works by Michelangelo, Bernini and Donatello!

Lunch Break: Poggio Alloro
 After Siena, we were treated to a delicious lunch at an organic farm and vineyard. The food was delicious and fresh, truly Italian, but the views were even better. You could even see San Gimignano in the background! I'll definitely talk more about the food in another post, but for now, you can feast your eyes on all that Chianti region glory. 
Can you imagine laying in that pool in the summer with the beautiful Tuscan hills as your view?!

Third Stop: San Gimignano
 San Gimignano (we had no idea how to pronounce it, so we started calling it San Jimmy John's..)is a small Tuscan medieval town that is easily seen in a few hours. Maybe it was the fact that the award-winning Gelateria di Piazza that we had all looked forward to was closed, or the fact that it seemed like the city was completely dead, but I was a little disappointed. I'm glad I saw it once, but I can't say I'm dying to go back.

 Final Stop: Pisa
I'm really glad Pisa was included in the trip, because we obviously had to take the extremely cliche shots in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa while we're here in Italy! However, after taking the pictures, we were kind of at a loss for what to do next. We wandered around a bit, and although a few of my roommates said they loved Pisa, where they spent the entire day, we didn't have nearly as much time to explore.

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