SIENA - TUSCANY
|One of the highlights of Tuscany was a visit to the beautiful medieval hill top town of Siena. |
Read more on the(Wiki link) and for more great photos I would recommend a google image search on Siena.
Siena has clung on to its medieval districts called contrade. The contrade are 17 areas of localised patriotism, held together a sense of civic pride of the residents. Each contrade named after an animal or symbol and each with its own long history and complicated set of heraldic and semi-mythological associations. Twice a year 10 of the 17 contrade engage in a horse race around the Campo called the Palio. The historical section of Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The local specialty in Siena is a fruity nut cake called Panforte.
|The City walls.|
|The Church of San Domenico houses Saint Catherine's head!.||A tree jumped out and stoll the shot just as I clicked the camera.|
|I don't photograph enough trees!||Hill top towns often have narrow steep streets.|
|Struck by the Palazzo Pubblico as we enter the Piazza del Campo.||The Palazzo Pubblico (Town hall).||The Duomo.|
|Looking from the Palazzo Pubblico to the buildings on the right of the entrance.||Looking across the Piazza del Campo to the left side of the entrance.||The courtyard of the Palazzo Pubblico and looking up.|
|It rained when I was here last buying my Panforte. Here I am standing in the Campo eating a gelato in the rain again!|