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Today we had a day class field trip to the medieval town Siena! I thought it was a really great city. I read up a little about this city in Rick Steve's book the night before going here so I knew just a pinch about Siena when I got there. Basically, it's a medieval town and once was comparable to Firenze (Florence) in size and power, but Siena's population has stayed to around 60,000 for a long time, and is still around the same pop. today. Anyway, there's 3 major things to see in Siena: Il Campo (the "fan" piazza), the Duomo (a medieval cathedral), and S. Dominica (Cathedral which houses St. Clare's head). It's a pretty large city with little or no vegetation, only rooftops and tall buildings! This is how most of the small tuscany cities have been like, as well.
First thing we did was walk from the tour bus stop to the city itself. It was about a 7minute walk, I'd say. We walked through the rooftop city until we reached Il Campo! The fan-like piazza was really great to see! I've seen it in pictures and books, but now I was really there and it was great! It was still early morning at the time, maybe around 10am so most of the piazza was shaded.
After that we walked back to Il Campo and Veronica, MattG, and I decided to climb the tower before our tour started! The entrance fee was 7 euro and the experience was great! The climb was craZy, comparable to me and Veronica's climb up the 5/6 flights of stairs just to get to our Rome hotel room.
When we finally got back down from the tower, we met up with the rest of our classmates in the piazza to start our tour with the tour guide. We learned more about Siena here and there during our walk with the tour guide. We went to the Duomo again and this time went INSIDE for 3 euro to see what this medieval cathedral looked like. It was very beautiful also, so very decorated inside with it's zebra striped columns. I did enjoy the walk through the Duomo, but I was very tired (everyone was so tired today!) and I needed a good drink of cold water or a cold beverage, but I restrained myself at times from drinking too much because then I would need to go to a "W.C" (toilet) which is sometimes hard to find!
So then we walked back to the S.
This basically concluded our trip to Siena. We ended at around 4pm and the bus picked us up at 4:30pm to head home. The last things we did there was go through a couple of souvenir shops and ended up not buying anything because we wanted to save it for the trip to MUNICH, GERMANY which starts TOMORROW! We're going to Oktoberfest and doing some site seeing in Munich, as well. See you later in a new blog of that trip coming up soon!