Thursday, May 8, 2014

Passion for Siena

Passion for Travel is indeed my greatest passion! On our fourth day in Italy we booked a full day tour to visit Siena and San Gimignano. I had booked the trip through Viator although when I arrived to Florence I had found a booklet of another travel agent that actually offers a better package that included an actual visit to a winery in Chianti and lunch (not included in the Viator package). The first visit was to the Basilica of San Domenico which is also known as the Basilica Cateriniana and is the most important church in the city. Unfortunately no photos were allowed inside. The tour also included a visit to the Piazza del Campo which is the historic center of Siena and is regarded as one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. The square is constructed in a shell-shape where visitors sit around to enjoy the surrounding beauty. The center is full of restaurants and cafes as well as souvenir shops. This is where the famous Palio horse race takes place. 

The guide then took us to the Contrada della Selva which is a museum inside the Church of Saint Sebastian built in the end of the 15th century. It is actually a ritual that horse of that Contrada enters the Church to be blessed before the Palio race. Siena also has a smaller version of the Duomo like the one in Florence, known as the Siena Cathedral. It has the form of a Latin cross with a slightly projecting transept, a dome and a bell tower. The exterior and interior are constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with addition of red marble on the fa├žade. Afterwards we had some free time to enjoy a light lunch at the Piazza del Campo before heading to our next destination, San Gimignano, which I will share in my next post. Until next time, enjoy! xoxo ES

I am wearing:

KAYLEE TANKUS JACKET
JUICY COUTURE JEANS + SNEAKERS
LOUIS VUITTON SPEEDY 30 BAG
SUE SENSI BRACELETS
PRADA SUNGLASSES 


3 comments:

  1. Siena is such an impressive place! I only recently paid off a traffic fine I got there and that I had put off for ages...

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  2. Lovely pictures!

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  3. Siena is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited
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Thank you very much for your feedback! Much love xoxo ES