Day 193: Churches & Cannolis

Today we ventured out to the less-populated yet much more beautiful towns of Assisi and Siena.

At Assisi, our tour guide recommended we try Baci chocolate. I was asleep passed out on the bus while she explained the history behind it and only heard that you shouldn’t tell someone to give you a Baci because baccio means “kiss.” I love anything sweet, especially chocolate hazelnut, so I loved this sugary dessert, but my friend who’s more well-versed in cannoli shell quality hated it. I’m making it a mission to visit Modern Pastry in Boston when I return for what she insists should be a flaky cannoli shell. Not only does Modern Pastry have great biscuits, my friend says, but Food Network made its torrone sound absolutely to-die-for.

Baci chocolate cannoli in Assisi
Cannoli filled with Assisi’s famous Baci chocolate.

Assisi was beautiful hill town, but we could have used an extra hour to spend actually browsing the many interesting boutiques. We had just enough time to visit two basilicas and take a bunch of scenic photos along the way.

Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi
The amazing Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi.
Siena, Italy
Overlooking the Tuscany countryside.

We then made our way to Siena, the medieval city famous for the Palio horse racing and cathedral (duomo).

Rainbow in Italy
Caught this unbelievable rainbow on our bus ride to Siena, italy.
Siena Cathedral
The exterior of the Siena Cathedral is one of the most beautiful in Italy, our tour guide told us. I would say in the world.