Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Siena

When Shiloh & I first started looking into hotels to book, we were considering staying one night in Siena, which is in Tuscany, between Rome and Florence. We found a review of a B&B on (Agritourismo Marciano) on TripAdvisor.com that said it was literally, heaven on earth! So we gambled and decided to check this place out and stay 2 nights.

And even with expectations that high, it faaaaaar exceeded everything! It is truly a place you just have to see to believe!!

This was part of our suite....
And the view out the windows (no screens!)....
The city was built completely on a hill, so everything was either up or down. It was this amazingly old, beautiful city with shops, shops, restaurants and more shops! And not much traffic--mostly all pedestrian streets.

This pic somewhat illustrates what it's like just walking around...
The first night we were there, the staff made us a 5 course dinner....it was one of the best moments of the trip getting to know all these fabulous people....
Il Campo....the main square (photography by Amanda)...
Me & two of my favorite things...
We almost gave up finding the lunch spot we were looking for, but were so glad we didn't because the food was amazing and the scenery might have been even better!
Shiloh, me, Pope....
When we ran into this shop, it was so much to take in we had to just stop and stare for a minute....
And in the end, we all ended up finding some treasures inside (no big surprise). I bought an out of this world piece of jewelry which you will see in my Florence post--which is next after this one...

And then dinner that night, in some sort of an old winery that they now use as a restaurant...
Siena was divine. It was a completely different pace than the other 3 that we went to---so amazing and so worth the detour!!!

4 brilliant comments:

Vanessa said...

It looks like it is straight out of a movie! So amazing!

I love where you stayed!

Jen, RN said...

I would probably want to stay in Siena for a week and just take it all in-that place looks beautiful-so jealous!

Lisa said...

Oh Siena, I loved it there. I'm so glad we spent two nights. The dinner was awesome and so was the Market.

Cindy Major said...

Wow, that B&B is very impressive! Bet you were really glad you had booked there!

A lot of the buildings and that winery remind me a lot of the Old Quebec! We had a wine and cheese degustation in a winery a month ago that looked an awful lot like the one you were at!

Can't compare to actually being in Europe, though!

Can't wait to see the next pics and that jewelry! (How you managed to find anything among the chaos in that shop is beyond me, though...)

Cindy