26 Days in Europe – The Tuscany Charm

***To all of Italy in regards of the earthquake that occurred on April 6th. Prayers go out to those who have been injured and to the families who have lost loved ones. We hope that we can bring the city devastated by it back to it's original state***

Siena is one of those marveled towns of Italy that seem like the Middle Ages never died. Actually most of Italy is pretty much like that. You’re surrounded by stone buildings and red brick houses, vibrating rich colors as far as the eye could see. Hardly anything in Italy is modernized which truly makes history come to life. It’s hard to choose a town that is the best but I have to say Siena has a special place in my heart.

Just 2 hours away from Florence we traveled by train then by bus, catching up with fellow tourists as they also arrived to soak in the sights. It was a bit of a dreary day but that didn’t stop us as we headed off to see the Siena cathedral or as they call all their churches, the Dumo. Out of all the Dumos in Italy Siena is by far the most beautiful there is. A massive structure with a black and white strip bell tower; it’s one of the most unique churches in Italy. The interior itself is also something to behold. You’re surrounded by so much decorative detail it’ll make your eyes water. From paintings, to statues, to mosaics, it’s really a must see in person.

I could go on and on but I won’t bore you to tears. For the most part, Siena is a day trip outside the city of Florence. Little nooks and alleyways add a lot of charm to the town. It’s easy to get lost and end up in someone’s doorstep but it’s small enough that you’ll easily find your way back again. We caught up with some local students that were just getting out from school, casually walking and joking in Italian with their buddies. You can tell they all have a playful and fun charisma about them. Art exchange student sat on the near by steps sketching away the landscape. We followed them and ended up in the Piazza Del Campo, which is the town square. It’s one of the main attractions of the town that has a huge circular opening, where you see tourist and locals alike taking it easy and sitting on the ground eating gelato. And that’s how we ended our visit, plop down on the ground, eating gelato!

Till next post…let these images inspire your creative process!

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April 8, 2009 at 6:26 PM

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April 8, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Sigh, such lovely pictures! Oh, to see those sights!



April 8, 2009 at 10:06 PM

beautiful pictures... I'd love to visit Italy one day but your pictures are enough for now. It must be one heck of an inspirational place. I live a stone's throw from Little Italy in NYC so it's sorta having a very toned down version I guess ?_?


April 9, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Gorgeous photo! Love the mannequin peeking out from behind the window.

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April 10, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Lovely shots..and yes, our prayers are to those families affected by the earthquake.

Thanks for sharing - in a way, I get so see Italy =D