Delicious Florence, cheerful Livorno and historic Siena - Tuscany has plenty of places that are worth visiting, and each of them deserves at least a few words, if not a separate story. One of those places is Siena, a city with a she-wolf nursing Romulus and Remus on the coats of arms.
Hills covered with vineyards and olive groves are a flagship of Tuscany. Apart from calming landscapes and greenery allowing your eyes to relax, the region also provides new sensations for your taste buds. Being here, you might want to try Pappardelle, which is a homemade pasta, cut into wide strips, or Pappa al Pomodoro - a bread soup with tomatoes. Equally good is Ribollita, a vegetable soup with cabbage, beans and bread. To dinner you can order a glass of red Tuscan wine, such as Chianti, or Vino Nobile.
If someone had planned a longer stay in this pleasant region, has to start the trip from Siena. The town is an ideal base from which you can explore the central Tuscany – from here you can get to Livorno, Arezzo, Florence and Monteriggioni relatively quickly. Siena lies between the valleys of two rivers: Elsa and Arbia, on a picturesque hillside. Not too far away there’s region Chianti, known from the production of wine, while to the coast we will get in about 2 hours from here. The patroness of the city is Saint Catherine, and according to the legend the city was founded by sons of Remus, one of the twins nurtured by the she-wolf.
After visiting the city, even the most stereotypical man, knowing only the basic colors, will remember burnt Siena. The characteristic color of bricks can be seen everywhere, including in one of the biggest attractions of Siena, Piazza del Campo. It’s a shell-shaped square, surrounded by medieval houses. Crowds sit here until late night, chilling on the brick floor. Despite the high prices of most of the tables of surrounding restaurants, it’s occupied throughout the day.
Monuments of Siena
The famous square is located in the center and in 1995 was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is worth to know that Siena was the first city in Europe that banned traffic in its historic center.
While walking around the old part of the city we stop virtually on every corner, delighted with the beauty of the buildings we encounter. Our eyes focus on Gothic cathedral, Duomo di Siena. Its rich interiors make you feel small and fragile. Equally beautiful is Palazzo Pubblico, acting as the town hall, also the tower called Torre del Mangia and the "joyful source" - marble fountain called Fonte Gaia.
The city is bustling and full of life. On the streets you will hear languages from all over the world, just like in the Tower of Babel.
Campsites among lush greenery
In search of accommodation we leave Siena and head south. Following the route E78, we will get to Riserva naturale Farma, which is a home to salamanders, smooth snakes and kingfishers. A dense duvet of forests covers high hills, while stretches of cultivated fields and pastures please the eyes of tourists. A tiny town of Casciano di Murlo hid among the greenery. It’s located about 27 km from the city of St. Catherine. Here, the streets are well-kept, and homes are wealthy – it’s very easy to spot some villas with swimming pools.
The village is tiny, but charming. There isn’t too many places, where you can relax like here. And right here you will also find a perfect place to stay - Camping Le Soline. It’s located on a hill from which extends a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside. Accommodation costs 8.50 euros, while for the place for your motorhome you will pay 8 euros a day. You can come here with your pets (2 euros/day).
People, who have chosen Tuscany to get away from the noise and crowds, will find peace and tranquility among lush greenery. Sipping Chianti, they can forget about the whole world and enjoy the sunbeams when lying under the tree.