Stop No. 6: Siena
Call me crazy, but I'd rather do Siena than Florence any day. So that's what happened. Just an hour or so away, this smaller university town has much of the same appeal---walled-in city, medieval-in-appearance, fashionable, artisically inspiring---but without the masses ... and David's backside. Siena offers fun sandwich stops, tons of stationery and paper shops, shoe stores galore and what's arguably Italy's very best piazza---which I didn't get a good photo of. Plus, Siena's Duomo (which was built in rivalry with Florence's huge Duomo, much like the Chrysler and Empire State Building faceoff) is my favorite cathedral in all of Italy. We loved it here. Probably one of our favorite stops because it's easy to feel like you're part of the city's beat.