SIENA A CLASSIC TOWN
Siena is one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany. Siena has it all the beauty, the history, an active cultural scene.
Ph. 1 The cathedral dates back to the middle ages is a masterpiece of architecture and art, starting from the ornate marble exterior built in a combination of styles. Tuscan Romanesque on the lower part, and French Gothic above.
Ph 2 Inside the cathedral is so much artwork – from sculptures by a young Michaelangelo, to a magnificent marble pulpit by Nicola Pisano – that it would be easy to include dozens of photos on this post. I will confine it to one photo of the stunning Piccolomini Library adjoining the cathedral. The library is surrounded on all four sides by breathtaking frescoes created by Pinturicchio, detailing the life of Siena’s favorite son – Cardinal Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who eventually became Pope Pius II in 1458.
Ph. 3 A little souvenir that I bought in the cathedral.
Ph. 4 Surrounded by ancient walls
Ph. 5 The bell tower, called the Torre del Mangia , overlooking Piazza del Campo , with its 102 meters’ height, making it the second highest medieval bell tower in Italy.
Ph. 6 & 7 Piazza del Campo is the heart of the city and is home to the famous horse race, known as the the Palio. A race between the districts of a city or between territorial entities close to each other, usually played with horses or other animals. A colorful horse race that is held each July and August. Il Campo is def one of the most beautiful Piazzas of all Italy.