If you are looking for somewhere to go for a weekend, then why not pick Siena, one of Italy’s best preserved medieval towns, located in the heart of Tuscany. Siena, built on three hills and surrounded by well preserved walls, is filled with fine examples of Gothic architecture and has one of the world’s most unique piazzas – Piazza del Campo – (shaped like a shell with scalloped edges). Of course, the world-famous Palio of Siena is an important part of Sienese identity, history and culture. A wonderful time to go is in the summer to see the colourful streets of Siena as it prepares for its two annual palio races. A wonder for all who see, this tradition is unusual in that it is of the people of the city – the Palio is a unique phenomenon, one that arouses much emotion, an event that the Sienese people hold dear to themselves, and as such is a strong authentic tradition that is a once in a lifetime experience to witness and enjoy.
We ate lunch in the Osteria le Logge, just off the Piazza del Campo – robert still says it was one of the best lunches he has ever had. Eat inside the beautiful room, which looks a bit like an 18th Century apothecary shop; the food is fine Tuscan.