CiocoSi: The chocolate market of Siena
With the warm, Spring weather on the horizon, I am transported back to Piazza del Campo this time last year. On our way back from class, we entered the piazza as we did everyday, except something was extremely different. Immediately as we descended down the steps, we noticed there were several wooden stands set up in the middle of the 10 panel shell of the piazza. A sweet aroma filled the air. As we drew closer to the stands, I realized we were in heaven.
Each vendor selling variations of the greatest edible gift on this earth, chocolate.
This is why I loved Siena, there were always exciting events popping up left and right that we were never aware of until we unknowingly stumbled upon them. And this surprise was the best yet-- I mean, an open chocolate market in the center of my favorite medieval piazza? Sì, per favore. Not to mention the sun was shining and people were beginning to fill the streets once again, as the city was awakening from its winter slumber.
We hurried home to grab some money, some wine from the cupboard, (it was a time to celebrate) and to change into comfortable, warm-weather clothing. This was going to be a fantastic afternoon, one of those cliché “la dolce vita” moments spent drinking wine in the piazza under the tuscan sun-- at an open chocolate market. Seriously, I couldn’t make this up even if I wanted to.
The annual chocolate market, named CiocoSi, graces the Sienese people each year, holding a number of events and featuring artisanal chocolate produced in all shapes and flavors. The vendors and the chocolatiers even compete during the week long event, making for some sweet competition. Specially crafted chocolates originating from different parts of the world can be found at the market-- satisfying all chocolate-adoring palates. This year, CiocoSi will be returning to Piazza del Campo from March 28th to April 2nd.
If you’re looking for more information about the event, or are curious about whether the traveling chocolate market will be coming to a paese o città near you, visit their website → here!
Or, if you're curious about this year's CiocoSi Siena, visit their Facebook event page, here!
P.S. We purchased treats such as the strawberry parfait-cup with hot, melted chocolate and panna dolloped on top, chocolate turtles, and one of my buddies bought a chocolate egg with chocolate eyes on top! I would recommend buying… well anything and everything.