Osteria Le Logge – Sienna Italy
Just an hour from Florence is Sienna, a small town that shouldn’t be missed. We had a local guide take us around and give us the history and highlights. Elena quickly figured out that we were history nerds and helped us plan our morning. She gave us a quick trip through the city hall right on the campo to see what appeared to be a religious painting of Mary and Jesus. While appearing to be a religious painting, it was not meant to be, but was placed in the hall as a reminder to the council of nine that if they weren’t fair and just, she wouldn’t bless the city.
From there we wanted to see the Cathedral. It’s majestic with white and green marble on the outside and pink marble framing the doors. I was expecting light and airy, but inside is gothic and dark, still amazing, just not what I was expecting. We happened to be there in one of the only two months when the floors are uncovered. They are made of marble pieces glued together like a puzzle depicting scenes from the Bilble.
The Cathedral is worth seeing just for that, or if you are Catholic, it houses the right arm of John the Baptist. But for me, the best part was the side chapel with the Madonna and Child with two sculptures by Bernini. We had no idea they were there.
After a beautiful morning, at our guides suggestion, we stopped at Osteria Le Logge for lunch. I like to try different foods when I travel, even when it’s at a cafe for lunch. We started with stuffed calamari, my Italian is not good enough to know what it was stuffed with, but it was delicious. From there I had pumpkin stuffed tortellini with raisins. YUM! The food around us looked just as mouth watering. It’s located just off the campo,a great place to people watch and relax.