Honestly, any city you explore in Italy will leave you wanting more & more. More views, more wine, second helpings (and probably thirds), and most importantly more time. Siena was no different. Siena is a small town about three hours north of Rome & one and a half hours south of Florence, the perfect middle between two beautiful Italian cities: Rome & Florence. If you are catching the train from Florence to Rome or Rome to Florence, I highly recommend stopping (for a day or two) in this charming medieval town. Check out the map below to a better layout of each location.
One day someone mentioned the town of Trieste to me, I had no idea where it was or how accessible it was. But, after that, all I knew is that I would one day find a way to visit. And I did…for the afternoon! Trieste is a tiny tiny port town in Italy located in the northeast of Italy, considered the capital of that region of Italy & one of the largest seaports in that region (Austro-Hungarian Empire region). Located so close to the border of Slovenia & the Adriatic coast, the architecture found throughout Trieste has developed an Austro-Hungarian and Slovenian influence mixed with the traditional classic style of Italian Renaissance.
Italy is the heart of many food staples that I consider to bring meaning to life. Pizza, pasta, tomatoes, gelato, and pesto. Just thinking about it makes my stomach growl and is enough to convince me to pack my bags and drive to the airport. (Damn you, adulting responsibilities). If you consider yourself a #foodie, someone that loves cooking or if you are like me and enjoy the art of indulging in anything (#foodislife) then while you are galavanting around and falling in love with Italy. I recommend you find yourself in an Italian kitchen, elbow deep in dough, learning how to craft some of Italians finest cuisines.
Throughout the years of traveling, Italy has been romanticized and continues to stalk my daydreams and bucket lists, it is a country that everyone deserves to visit at least once in their lifetime. I will even volunteer to be your tour guide. I have started the Ultimate Italian Bucket List for those that are traveling to Italy.
A weekend is never enough time to experience a city, but sometimes life gets in the way of letting us jet off to a new country. Rome is a city that you could easily spend months in, wandering through the ancient ruins, stopping at each gelato shop to sample every flavor; but for those of us that can’t live the jet-setter lifestyle, Rome is a city that can be discovered in a weekend; crunch time.