A Touch of Rustic Tuscan Charm
Tuscany in Italy
will charm your socks off. My last visit to the town of Siena in Tuscany was a lovely experience (obviously…who goes to Italy and doesn’t love it?!).
Yes, there is a very large and well-known basilica there, called the Siena Duomo, and lots of cute tourists shops; and don’t forget that Siena is also the place where the infamous Palio horse race takes place in the town’s piazza…but all of these super-tourist experiences aside, I loved Siena for the downright old-fashioned charm that it has maintained after all of these years.
Strolling through the alleyways off the beaten tourist drag is the best way to get a true taste of REAL Siena. You never know what you’ll see that all the other tourists have missed.
While wandering around aimlessly, I stumbled upon this adorable deli while trying to make my way back to the car (yes, getting lost in a small town is a great way to explore). Everything about this deli eatery screams Tuscan charm! The shallots hanging on the wall, the deli meat suspended from the ceiling, the fresh herbs ready for the chef…this is what Italy is all about. FOOD. :)
The beauty of this deli lies in its unpretentious decor – by no means is this an example of high-end Italian design, but that’s exactly why this place is so charming. The decor is utilitarian – those woven baskets are suspended from the ceiling inside because there’s no where else to store them, and yet, it contributes to the traditional small-town Italian design aesthetic that I love so much.
I feel bad for commenting on how UGLY the street lights in Siena are (click HERE to read all about it) but, I also feel like being honest about a place is always better than lying to yourself. And yes, the street lights are hideous, I don’t care how historical they are.They look stupid…but that is part of the charm too, now isn’t it??
Speaking of charm…I’m happy to announce that Passport To Design is the 2011 winner of the Lovelies Award! :) Thanks goes out to everyone who voted – this award is based entirely on readers’ votes and it warms my travel-hungry heart to know that YOU picked ME!
Click HERE to see a list of all the winners and the lovely prizes.