I’ve been back in Siena for almost 3 weeks now, and it feels like I never left. The city still stands majestic in its Medieval beauty, and the wine tastes just as good as it did last year. Gaggles of tourists abound, making navigating the main city streets an interesting task at times (I know, I know, I shouldn’t complain) and as always, the night sky over the piazza remains the most wonderful shade of blue.
And although I’m having my fair share of bureaucratic difficulties (which I will write about once they’re all resolved) it’s nice to be back. Siena never really loses its charm, and as it’s getting ready for Palio season the excitement and events are ramping up.
What’s been really interesting in these last few weeks, is the people I’ve met. Sure, the amici (friends) and acquaintances that I’ve made here in other years are always great to see, but this year, something new has emerged – lettori (readers) of Not Just Another “Dolce Vita”!
I can’t tell you how pleased I am, readers, when you contact me. Whether it’s with questions or queries (which I try to respond to in a timely manner!) or thoughts about something I’ve written, I think it’s meraviglioso (marvelous). What’s even better, is when you write to me and say something like:
I’ve been reading your (wonderful / interesting / funny / informative) blog for X amount of time, and I happen to soon be coming to Siena. I know from your posts that you love spending time in Piazza del Campo, so would you be free to meet up for a gelato / caffè / prosecco there and talk about our mutual love of Italy / Tuscany / Siena / the Italian language?
Ciao for now,
Your Blog Reader & Fellow Italy Enthusiast
This is a great message to receive, and I thank the few readers (Bonnie & Michael & Katherine) who have sent me something similar and who I’ve managed to meet up with in the last few weeks, and I also thank those who I still have to make plans to meet. Making connections is just one of the many things that’s great about having a blog where people can connect over similar interests and shared experiences.
As always, cari lettori (dear readers) thanks for reading!
More from Siena soon…