Autumn in Italy

The fact that Seán was on tour with the Zürich Youth Symphony Orchestra (JSOZ) in Italy was enough of an excuse for an Autumn trip for the rest of us. We decided to visit Siena, and invited the Verdiani brothers (who built Seán’s double-bass) to the JSOZ’s concert there. Siena is a wonderfully preserved renascimento hill-top city with a beautiful Duomo (cathedral) and splendid central large “square”, Il Campo (the field), dominated by the Palazzo with its 83 m high tower (by comparison the Zurich Prime Tower is 126 m high). As part of David’s ongoing “extreme physiotherapy”, the tower was climbed and many kilometers were walked in this beautiful, hilly town. Of course, the stay would not be complete without pizza in the piazza and gelato alla crema. On the way down, we started the week in a cold and wet Lugano, but the weather improved considerably during our trip. On the way back, Áedán got to play the sax in the train (and speak Italian to its player)…