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Report 1005: A Taste of Italy
By Pat and Henry from Kansas, Spring 2006
Page 6 of 8: Siena
After breakfast we have Valentina call us a taxi. She waits with us to make sure we get to the train on time. We have no problem and after a change at Chuisi we arrive in Siena. We take a taxi to Alma Domus. The rooms are basic but we have a balcony looking out at the Duomo and the bathroom has a shower stall. Since it is within the walls I like the location and at 60 euro a night it is a good deal.
We have a good lunch at La Fenistra behind the Palazzo Publico. Our friends go off to explore by themselves and we meet up with a friend from Siena. After hugs, kisses and a glass of Prosecco on the Campo, our friend shows us around Siena. We stroll around the church of San Martina and the Basilica di Siena and stop in to see an artist friend, Pier Luigi Olla who does some amazing work. After visiting a very small bar for an aperitif we have dinner with our friend and her family at La Cantina dei Tolomei. Seven people talking in English and Italian, all at the same time, is difficult to follow but I have a great time.
We spent the day exploring the city with our friends. After going through the civic museum, we have lunch at Trattoria Papei right next store to La Fenistra. Dinner is at Enoteca I Terzi.
Patís favorite day in Siena, market day. Pat finds a few things then we check out of Alma Domus and leave our bags. We walk down Via Delle Terme just to see where it got its name. We find a fountain and what could have been a hot spring but it is cold now. Nearby is what looks like an outdoor laundry centuries ago. We take the escalator back up and head to the campo for one last look. Then back to Alma Domus to pick up our bags and call a taxi.
We pick up our car at Avis (rented through Autoeurope) and head to Montalcino. There is a lot of construction in the towns along the way and some new road construction but it is an easy drive south on SS2. We stop at the COOP in Buonconvento for some supplies because we know that the COOP in Montalcino is closed on Wednesday afternoon.
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