“The only source of knowledge is experience.” Albert Einstein
Siena is a hidden gem of a city. There are some really great things to do and see here.
I’ll admit that while not totally motivated by it, I had tried some cookies from Siena while I was WWOOFing that were so good that I would have almost stopped there just for them. I didn’t find them like that anywhere else on my trip, but the cookies in question were an almond flavor that were just shy of the consistency of biscotti that have powdered sugar on them. Ridiculously delicious.
I had also heard great things about the city and wanted to ease back into being a tourist after two weeks off the road since I was heading to Florence. Siena was perfect for my plans. I spent the afternoon wandering around the streets and relaxing in the big plaza. It was nice to stretch out and soak up some sun with nothing to do.
On my way back to my apartment, I noticed a restaurant with an interesting menu. I often challenge myself to try new things, especially when I’m on the road. Some things turn out to be amazing and others not quite so much. I decided to go out on a limb and try a dish that would not normally be something that I would try.
I sat down at the restaurant and ordered two dishes, a safe starter and the adventurous main dish. The starter was a wonderful serving of truffled pecorino cheese. The main dish? A plate of batter fried artichokes and calf brains. Yes, calf brains. I won’t lie, this was one of those new things that wasn’t all that great. It was a lot like liver and the frying didn’t help the texture that much.
I ate about half of the dish and decided that I had had enough. I still had some room so I wandered back down the street and had a super tasty cup of gelato.
Here are some photos from my day in Siena. Enjoy.