del Campo (aka Il Campo), Siena, Italy.
Il Palio pictures
is of course best known for its thrilling and dangerous bareback horse
races in July and August, Il Palio, that skid around Piazza del Campo, the
city's beautiful scallop-shaped market square. But Siena has a lot
more to it than historically nutty nag thrashing.
Enclosed by an ancient wall, Siena is Europe's
best preserved medieval town, containing many outstanding works of
art and architecture.
The entire town is in warm terracotta bricks,
with a laid-back atmosphere and pedestrian friendly streets that make
it a delight to walk around, though motorbikes and small public vehicle
can be aggressive sharers.
Il Duomo (Cathedral) of Siena
prime tourist attractions are
café lined Campo with the Tuscan gothic Palazzo Pubblico/Torre
del Mangia/Museo Civico.
- The town hall/Mangia tower/civic museum,
home of marvellous frescoes including Guidoriccio da Fogliano and Maestà by Simone Martini, and the 'Buongoverno
fresco' - the first known artwork with a landscape as subject - by
- The Duomo; in Romanesque-Gothic style the cathedral has a superb inlaid marble floor
(revealed for only a few weeks in August), and an awesome pulpit carved
by Nicola Pisano.
The Duomo's Libreria Piccolomini is also magnificent, with
vivid frescoes and gorgeously illustrated books.
Siena Cathedral on Piazza del Duomo, there is Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana
(Duomo Museum) showing 'Maestà' by Duccio di Buoninsegna, the
famous Sienese artist.
- Pinacoteca (National Picture Gallery),
is home to 'Madonna of the Franciscans' by Duccio di Buoninsegna.
is situated in the heart of Tuscany, 70 km south Florence, and 230
km north of Rome.
If you like Siena, also try Lucca, home to Puccini, 17 km north of
Pisa, another enchanting, seriously walled medieval town and a lot less visited.
Siena's greatest festival: Il Palio pictures
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