Italy 2006

Siena, Tuscany: 28 June to 4 July

In many ways, Siena was the highlight of our trip, as we were there for the Palio (historic horse race) on 2 July. We had a room about 50 metres from the Campo (the main square), which was a long walk from the car park, but very convenient otherwise. As we were there for a week, there are so many photos that they have been split into three pages. This page has photos of Siena and its buildings. There are separate pages for the Palio and for other Tuscan sights.

Between Volterra and Siena, we revisited San Gimignano where we stayed for a week in 2002. This is the fountain in the main square.

A wall shrine in San Gimignago.

A street in Siena.

Another street, which did not really lead anywhere.

And another one...

Another part of the streetscape. Note the windows painted onto the facade, as well as the faded signwriting. It has been a long time since the building was used as an albergo/ristaurante.

The tower of the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall).

Courtyard inside the Palazzo Comunale.

Palazzo Comunale at evening.

The spire of Siena's Duomo.

The facade of the Duomo was under repair. To maintain its appearance, a picture of the facade was mounted on the scaffolding.

Interior of the Duomo.

The Duomo dome from inside.

 

The Duomo floor is almost entirely covered with inlaid marble art.

The Duomo has a side room known as the Libreria Piccolomini, built to house the books of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, a local lad who became Pope Pius II. Another marvellous ceiling.

Illumination on a music manuscript in the Libreria Piccolomini.

The Baptistry is below the Duomo, and has this intricate ceiling.

The Baptistry floor also has inlaid work, including this reminder of mortality.

Across the square from the Duomo is Santa Maria della Scala, established as an orphanage, hospital, and hostel for pilgrims. It was in use as Siena's hospital until the 1980s. It has a series of frescos which are unusual in that they are secular rather than religious, depicting the work of the orphanage and hospital.

 

A well in the courtyard of a building now used as the Conservatorium of Music.


Click here to go on to the Palio.


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