It’s nearly midnight, and my Fitbit has recorded more than 27,000 steps today. So I don’t even know why I’m posting a blog update; well, the answer is because I don’t want to let you down, dear reader. However, you might be more of a viewer than a reader today. My bed calls to me longingly, so I’m planning to write little and share lots of photos.
Today, we left the tour guiding to others and ventured out to Tuscany by bus on a guided tour. The itinerary: Siena, lunch at a winery, San Gimignano and Pisa. Maybe doesn’t sound like much? Look at a map. Or my Fitbit. We covered a lot of ground, and while the organized tour aspect made it feel a bit rushed at times, we saw a lot of pretty amazing sights.
First up, Siena:
Piazza del Campo, where they run the famous Palio horse race.
Our visit happened to exactly coincide with an anti-mafia protest march—which made the walking difficult, but offered some unique photo opportunities.
The facade of Siena’s Duomo was pretty epic…
…as was its interior, especially the marble inlay on the floor.
The oldest bank in the world (still open, but only banker’s hours).
By this point, we had already walked (and driven) a lot, and our stomachs were crying out. Fortunately, the next stop was worth the wait: lunch at Fattoria Poggio Alloro, a winery in the heart of Tuscany, with a view of the “Medieval Manhattan,” San Gimignano (our next stop).
The towers of San Gimignano are visible in the upper right of this photo.
The Medieval Manhattan.
Next stop, the hill town of San Gimignano in all of its medieval towered splendor.
Of course, the day didn’t pass without gelato, and today we got to try the best in the world (two-time world champion).
Last but not least, we stopped in Pisa—because, if you go to Italy but don’t get a picture with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, have you truly done Italy? (The answer is, totally, yes—but we still got the picture.)