Monteriggioni to Siena: 21 km
Walking Time (including rest breaks): 6 hours.
Siena: The Lonely Planet has referred to Siena as “a giant, open-air museum celebrating the Gothic.” Siena’s historic centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its museums, art, food and medieval architecture make Siena a popular tourist destination.
Accommodations: CASA DELLE BALIE HOSPITAL SANTA MARIA DELLA SCALA – Vicolo San Girolamo 2, 53100 Siena (SI). Beds: 25 – € 18 per person. Tel. 0577286300 – opera.siena @ operalaboratori.com. New, very clean and organized (and Mary, from a previous post, was our roommate).
Walking from Monteriggioni to Siena: When we left Monteriggioni, Richard and I were desperate for breakfast and to buy lunch food for our packs. We had heard that there were no food stops directly o.n today’s trail. In our search, we ran into two German pilgrims. We asked if they knew of a restaurant that might be open. As if to clarify our English, one woman asked if we were looking for food. When we said yes, she immediately reached into her pack to share her food with us. We politely declined but were immensely touched by this ‘Caminio Community Spirit’ that we’ve repeatedly observed on the trail. Shortly after leaving the women, we spied a cafe that had just opened. Then, an hour and a half into our walk, we discovered ”Punto Sosta La Villa” an outdoor food and rest-stop offering coffee, juices, croissants, yogurt, boiled eggs and all kinds of goodies to pilgrims—all based on donation. What would our world be like if all generosity and kindness was paid forward?
Siena: Richard and I had a lovely rest day in Siena, exploring the historic center, doing a few errands, having an afternoon nap and meeting Mary and (Camino Forum pal) Karen for dinner. When Karen completes her hike in Rome, she will have walked 2100 km (from London, England). I’m exhausted just imaging it!
Thank you for your continued kind comments. Richard and I have read each and every one. They have been incredibly encouraging to us. I believed that I would be able to reply to all comments once I was in Siena. Alas, the internet gods have not smiled kindly on me and I’ve needed to sneak in my posts with the little bit of WiFi that they have spared for me. The reflection time that writing these posts has provided has become an important part of my day. It has also helped to ensure that important details don’t get lost before I return home. I did try purchasing a local SIM card, but my Canadian phone plan prevents the use of other SIM cards. Aaaaarrrggghh!
Next Stop: Ponte d’Arbia.