After a couple of days in Florence, Eliza and I travelled to Siena for a day/night. Siena apparently was a rival of Florence during the middle ages and is the scene of the famous (infamous?) Palio, the crazy horse race around the piazza. Take a look at the piazza (and then watch the opening 10 minutes of Quantum of Solace) and you'll see what I mean:
The piazza is a great place to hang out, watch people, and, as it turns out, eat gelato and knit (not, however, at the same time):
Wandering about the town, we came upon this shop, filled with imaginative possibilities for D&D or your other favorite RPG, although I don't imagine that was the intent...
We visited the market with Americans from Portland, OR, Mary and Nina, whom we had met over breakfast at the hotel. Here's Mary:
In honor of Knittah's gardening efforts:
The flowers were gorgeous:
The place was packed, mostly with locals and precious few of us tourists, who had a bit of a hard time navigating the crowd and booths: