"Siena: a good place to learn Italian :-)" Top 5 Page for this destination Siena by Trekki
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So this was my “entry” into famed Toscana. I don’t like the Toscana very much, especially because of the hype people create around it. It is as if many non Italians reduce Italy to Toscana only and shops are full with books about the region, with art lessons, with cooking lessons and all kind of stuff. This always produces a no thanks feeling in me and if it would not have been for the language lesson, I might have never came to Siena. Well, no, that’s not true; I would have come for Palio because the roots of these passionate historical festivals in Italy fascinate me very much.
What to expect to read about my Siena impressions? Actually not as much as many might think. When I was writing, I realised that I was only enthusiastic about a handful of views and sights. Not about the Duomo and certainly not about the Campo. But I liked Palazzo Pubblico and its exhibitions and I liked the old hospital very much. I fully enjoyed my few hours in Crete Senesi and the views. I didn’t see everything in Siena, missed so many churches and museums and regret that I didn’t visit Palazzo Chigi-Saracini. But I had a nice time, especially in Dante School with my dear teachers and especially in my mornings and evenings with my sweet host lady Orietta. And even if this page might lack the spirit I produce in other pages, I want to dedicate it to all of you dears who made my stay special: Orietta and my teachers Letizia, Francesca and Claudio. Thanks!
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- Pros:Small and walkable, lively town, interesting festivals
- Cons:Very hilly, which can be tiresome if one packs in too many sights on a day
- In a nutshell:Well worth a longer stay: Siena is more than Campo and Duomo!!
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