We both absolutely loved Siena, we got into the town around noon and it was a beautiful sunny day. The feel to the city was marvellous with its windy streets and towering buildings. Just walking into the main square we knew we were gonna like it here.
Duomo di Siena
The Cathedral (or Duomo in Italian) of Siena is breathtaking. I don’t think i’ve ever seen such a Cathedral like this except for the Vatican. The interior is just astonishing.
The attention to detail is undeniable; from the floor to the ceiling, there’s nothing they didn’t skim over. And the best part is that the ticket to enter comes as a pass and you can enter all the buildings associated with the Cathedral, like the baptisary, the crypt, the library and our favourite, the roof terrace of Facciatone, which gave stunning views
After our climb to the roof terrace, we decided to explore the Piazza del Campo.
Piazza del Campo
Piazza del Campo is the principal public space of the historic center and is regarded as one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. It is renowned worldwide for its beauty and architectural integrity. The Palazzo Pubblico and its Torre del Mangia, as well as various palazzi signorili surround the shell-shaped piazza. The twice-a-year horse-race, Palio di Siena, is held around the edges of the piazza. The Piazza itself is very interesting and I wasn’t able to capture it well on camera but the square fans out like a shell with the further parts raised higher. It really was quite the spectacle.
We felt quite rushed during our time here, we were only were for a couple of hours. We squeezed Siena and Pisa together in one day trip when the reality is that we should have just did Siena for a whole day or even stay the night. We felt that the country side of Italy, more importantly, Tuscany, deserved to be traveled by car.