Part two: Assisi and Siena
I mentioned that Naples was one of my favorite cities in all of Italy. My all-time favorite city in all of Italy (now, mind you I haven’t seen EVERY city in Italy) yet my favorite city still is Assisi. It is the first city I have ever visited that literally brought me to tears. The sense of pure peace from its hill-top heights with the most mesmerizing panoramic views of yellows, greens, and blues can move the most cynical and jaded of individuals to cry or at least smile a little. Assisi is in the region of Umbria, known as the Green Heart of Italy—its simplicity is purifying and awe-inspiring. A day visit is all you need and it will stay with you for a lifetime.
A medieval city with deep rooted traditions, cobblestone streets and passages that make you spin around and around, Siena is quaint, enticing and definitely worth a visit. It isn’t too far from Assisi and Florence and may be more enjoyable to ride there by bus—it stops closer to the center of the city. All in all, it’s about an hour and 30 minutes or so from Florence and it makes for a perfect day trip. If you are there in July or the beginning of August you may be able to see the famous Palio horse race and Medieval ceremony but it can be a little disturbing to watch due to the danger the track's sharp curves may cause to the horses and jockeys.
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