There is an undeniable charm to this city, I don’t know what it is exactly but I love it here. History lesson, there has been a settlement of some kind on this location since the Etruscans (pre-Roman civilization) build one in approximately 700 BCE. In a master feat of engineering they drained the entire valley below the city and so in the mornings when the mist from the valley rises and mixes with the smoke from wood people use to heat their homes there is this mist that covers the valley below so it looks like I live above the cloud level. I heard someone call it a sky-land and so I’ve taken to calling it that too. Its so cool to see.
There are some interesting sights in and around the city (well for me anyway). I’ve walked to the main church at the top of the mountain/hill whose bells can be heard ringing no matter where you are in the city every 15 minutes. There is also a fortress one level above that dating to the Renaissance period above the church. The fortress was commissioned by the de Medici family. If you walk like 30 minutes outside of town into the countryside there is a monastery literally built into the hill. It was one of the earliest made by St. Francis and his followers. There is also a lake that is pretty close but I have not been to it yet.
There is a Saturday market, think 104 st farmer’s market, which sprawls over 2 of the main town squares. Its mostly gypsy vendors selling cheap quality clothes but also some food stalls. Fruit and veg, cheeses, bread, random fish and cured meats. I hear it has a really good pork sandwich. I haven’t tried it though so I can neither confirm nor deny this. I can tell you that they have a roast pig in the stall that they shave the meat from, head and all. Not my idea of delicious.
The night-life is not particularly bumping but there are some places to go if you want some late night refreshments. One is the discotheque which has all these weird decorations: chairs that look headless bodies of provocatively dressed women, paintings of portions of women’s bodies in pin up style garb, and the piece de resistance an angel outfit with a ball and chain attached to it. Random. The other place is called Lion’s Well aka Hogsmead. Its seriously right out of Harry Potter, as is so much here. Its more of a pub type place where you can go to watch a soccer game and drink some beer. Surprisingly I don’t mind soccer here. The wimpyness of the players still bothers me but the game itself seems better here.