Siena is comprised of 17 Districts, each with its own flag and style of street lights. The Districts offer a wide range of names such as the noble sounding 'Dragon District', 'Panther District' and the 'She-Wolf District'. But at the other end of the spectrum are less imposing names, such as 'The Snail District', 'The Noble Conch Shell District' and 'The Noble Caterpillar District'. We are staying, I am proud to say, in the 'Noble Eagle District'. Flag waving is taken seriously (and competitively) here, ranging from the kids we saw strutting their stuff with their flags and drums in the street when we arrived, right through to the 'Paleo' a wild, hugely popular horse-race between the Districts that takes place twice a year in Il Campo and is attended by thousands. It's easy to tell when moving from one District to another. Streets are lined with District flags and colorful streetlights indicate what the District is.
Today we were idle - okay, again! I had been thinking we could take a bus and go to San Gimigniano, an Etruscan village that used to be known as the 'town of a 100 towers'. Actually, there were only 72 but pretty amazing for the size of the town (about 7,700 people). Nowadays there are 14 left. (Come to think of it, a population of that size is a virtual metropolis relative to the size of Gabriola!) Anyway, we didn't go. Bruce didn't feel up to the challenge and I can't say I pressed it so we have spread our wings within this large apartment and had lunch here as well.
Are we getting lazy in our older years? Hmmm. I'm going to guess Naples will wake us up!