The next stop on our bus tour was Sienna. We got off the bus on a hill just outside the city center and had a walk in. There was the option to either eat at a restaurant with a buffet with the group, or go off on your own. We decided to go explore on our own and just grab a slice of pizza for lunch. Afterwards we met up with everyone for a guided tour through the city and a trip to the Siena Cathedral.
We wanted to do a wine tour and see a little of Tuscany. That was the objective, but everything we found was upwards from 100 euro. Then we passed by a little information booth you could book tours with called Ciao Florence. There’s quite a few different ones to choose from, but we decided to go with an all day tour for 55 euro since it had Siena as a stopping point (and I’ve always wanted to go) as well as a wine tasting in Chianti.
After our lunch along the river, we continued into the center to explore and get lost winding through the city streets. We didn’t have anywhere to be which was a great feeling knowing we could just wander and come across things. We went into a few shops, and after dinner even found a cute little bar on a side street with an assortment of stools to sit in the street and have a glass of wine at tiny tables. Perfect.
Saturday we decided to tackle the big hill we could see in the distance along the river, and figured we would be rewarded by amazing views of Florence. We weren’t wrong. Being the adventurers we are, we obviously just found the closest path to get up the hill; which happened to be straight up. We could have followed the road and meandered slowly up and gotten there a little later and less sweaty, but where’s the fun in that?
The first day we arrived in Florence, I didn’t take a single picture, how unlike me! I made up for it the following few days though. Let me tell you now, Italy in July is HOT. The week we went (last week) was 90-100 degrees F (33-38C) everyday, with the sun shining down as well. Now don’t get me wrong, I love warm weather, but my body has acclimated to the cooler British weather and can’t hack the heat. I don’t think I’ve ever sweat so much in my life (cute, I know). We persevered with lots of water and regular gelato stops every day. Rough life.