Thank You My Friend - Okizia Beyond: It was the friends I made while studying in Siena, Italy that made life memorable. I share with you those who had a great impact on me & taught me lessons.

I think that if there is anything that makes anyplace unforgettable, is the people and friends you make along the way. Siena would have been an abyss without the many beautiful souls that were kind enough to make me a part of their lives. God predestined these unforgettable moments that would show me the importance […]

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A Taste of Siena, Foods to try- Okizia Beyond: Some typical foods & products to try while in the medieval city of Siena, Tuscany, especially while on a budget.

Italian food is…semplice…regionally diverse and eterno. If anyone knows me well, they know my absolute love and appreciation for cibo/food. I always make it a duty to taste the local dishes wherever I go. To be honest, that is where most of my money went and still goes. It’s a waste of a trip if […]

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Il Campo, The Heart os Siena - Okizia Beyond: Il Campo is the main medieval piazza in Siena, Italy & one of the most visited, admired & used. So much of the Sienese daily living/civic duties takes place in Il Campo. Here is a brief history of this magnificent piazza & some of the activities that take place.

The campo & I had a few firsts together – seeing chocolates in such abundance at a festival; first concert in Italy & “horse race”-Il Palio, place I sat down on the ground in the city center (like being back at convent haha); outdoor nap; met up with some people and sang in the freezing cold while another played […]

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