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Today we headed to wine country (or part of it anyway).

We stopped first in Siena. Many of us attended Sunday Mass at St. Catherine's. Although it wasn't in the main church it was very nice to participate. We later got to tour the main church with Karrin and saw more beautiful altars, frescos, staues, etc.

We walked through the town with Karrin, seeing many great vistas and sites and we saw the first Bank building ever!

The Plaza in Siena was amazing. It had a lovely fountain but was just huge and carried with it the image of Italy most of us had in our minds back in the states. It was very quaint. So many of us would love to return here!


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