Italy - Finally! travel blog

Sitting at an Osteria we heard drums and went outside to see...

We are on the border of the Noble Eagle District & the...

The distinctive street light of the Flagship of the Wave District

Numerous flags show the pride of the District's residents

Here we are in the Dragon District (which is not designated 'Noble',...

And this would designate the Forest District (rhinos in Italy??)

..... and safely back 'home' in the Noble Eagle District

For Caro - a pilgrimage to Chocoholic Heaven on the main shopping...

It's costing us a fortune to sit at cafes so as to...

Love the food displays in the shops!

Another display of beautiful terra cotta pottery

The Osteria where we had our fabulous dinner is hidden in this...

Every corner has another fascinating view

It's worth turning around and taking a look behind, too.........

Don't ask - just another amazing place I came upon & have...

THIS I can identify - it's the ceiling of our apartment &...

Also the ancient ceiling in our apartment

Menu note is for people who have screwed up their faces &...

Beautiful ceiling in the courtyard at Palazzo Chigi Saracini, home of the...

Detail of Palazza Chigi Saracini ceiling

Bruce climbs the stairs to our apartment one last time after breakfast...

This is Joy, one of the very nice members of the family...

On the street where we live (at the moment!) - our place...


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!

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