Terry & Jerri's European Adventure travel blog

Livorno canal

Above Livorno

Livorno market

Torre del Mangia Bell Tower in Il Campo, Siena

Il Campo, Siena

In Il Campo

Tuscan countryside

Medieval fountain

In San Gimignano

One of San Gimignano's many towers

Narrow street in San Gimignano

Tuscan countryside again

Marble inlaid floor at Siena cathedral

Our entrance to Italy was far less scenic than you would imagine if your vision of Italy is of Venice or Rome. Livorno has little to see; it served simply as our entry point into Italy from Corsica to begin our explorations further south, and as an introduction to two of the less appealing aspects of Italy: coperto - Italian for cover charges at restaurants, ranging anywhere from 1.50 to 4 euros per person ($2.25 - $6), and expensive internet.

After adjusting, we moved on to Siena, a pretty town in Tuscany. The town is centered on Il Campo, a large, shell-shaped piazza which they convert into a horse racing track twice each summer. There is also a large cathedral which is differentiated from the hundreds of others by its amazing marble-inlaid floor.

A day trip to San Gimignano afforded us beautiful vistas of the Tuscan countryside, which we were pleased to find looked just as we had imagined. San Gimignano is a quaint, picturesque medieval town with photo ops at every turn. The only downside was that it is a mecca for day trippers from Florence, so was mobbed with tourists on the Sunday afternoon we visited.

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