Today is Christmas Eve and we are in beautiful Siena. We have a country apartment just outside of town. It really is as good as they say. So much more peaceful than Florence and the perfect place for an Italian Christmas.
We didn't go to Pisa the other day. It was going to take too long and the kids decided that they'd rather hang out in Florence. So we had a nice Tuscan dinner instead.
Siena hasn't changed in 800 years or more. It's a walled in city with stone streets and that go up and down hills and wind through medieval buildings. It really is amazing. Everyone is friendly and happy to be here. It's not difficult to imagine why.
As we've been here, we are getting indoctrinated into the Italian Christmas traditions. They go all out. They have Santa Claus (Bappo Natale) but he uses a latter or a rope to climb into windows to deliver gifts. Much more sensible when you think about it. The original Santa is from Italy or Greece. He would throw money through a window so the daughters of a pretty bad dad could pay him off instead of being sold to slavery.
They also have some kind of witch character that flies around and delivers gifts on the epiphany. January 6th. Witches are cool.
This afternoon we will be going into town to tour the Duomo and then look around before our dinner at 7:30. The traditional Christmas Eve meal centers around a female eel. I'm just going with the flow.