A little day trip to Siena was just what I needed to get into the Christmas spirit and found my first Christmas present (mom!). It is a beautiful small city located in Tuscany with a rich history and a very charming atmosphere. Just about everything you can eat and drink in Tuscany is high up on my list so Siena was no surprise when it came to lunch: some cipolle in agrodolce, a local cheese platter and a hearty garlic vegetable soup with some Chianti wine… Very tasty but not recommended for romantics with some pomiciata in mind.

I have watched the historical Palio on tv but could not believe how small the track is in person. I can just imagine the excitement and tension of the crowd. Note to self: Attend next summer.  http://www.ilpalio.org/palioenglish.htm