Siena in Pictures

Siena:  Siena is a beautiful, medieval city surrounded by olive groves and Chianti vineyards. It has a 13th-century, fan-shaped square, Piazza del Campo. Each summer the famous Palio horse races take place right on this square. Overlooking it all is Siena’s tower, Torre del Mangia, rising 289 feet above the square giving way to stunning views of the Tuscan hillsides.

siena tower 2

The first thing I wanted to do in this Tuscan walled city was climb the tower.

Siena tower 3

It wasn’t exactly an easy task: 500 narrow steps made of stone. Siena’s bell tower is the second tallest in Italy.

Siena Tower walk up

But I finally made it, and the views were even better than I ever imagined.

Siena tower me top

Siena’s Italian Gothic cathedral

Siena 1It’s the perfect spot to see the Tuscan hills surrounding the city.

Siena towers hillsSiena hills 2

Siena tower shadow

The brick colors on the buildings and the similar colors in the rooftops give this place a unique feeling, like traveling back in time.  It’s a city that hasn’t changed much in 800 years.

Siena tower view

The square, one of the most beautiful squares in Tuscany, is at the city’s center and lined with shops, restaurants, and bars.  In beach-like fashion, people lie down directly on the paved stone to admire the sky and the surrounding attractions.

Siena square

We met a German flute player at the top of the tower that day. He was shooting a YouTube video.  He isn’t smiling in this picture, but he was a very nice guy.

Siena German flute playerSiena Tower Video

Siena hillside views 1These shots were taken from our hotel terrace.

Siena hillside views 2

We spotted these flags decorating an entire neighborhood street in Siena.  At the time we had no idea they were the symbol of the neighborhood winning the Paleo races for the last two years in a row.

siena blue flag neighborhood The next day we saw the neighborhood parading the streets, preparing for the race that was only a couple of weeks away.

Siena blue flag parade

The markets were picture perfect.  I bought the most delicious cherries here.

Siena Market

Architecture in Siena. See more at this link: http://whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31&l=en&id_site=717&gallery=1&&maxrows=48

Siena ceiling

It’s time to get to the Piazza del Campo to enjoy the afternoon.

siena square 2

siena James with wine

We spent the day in a Fiat traveling through the hills of Tuscany stopping to taste the Chianti wine at local vineyards and touring a couple of hill towns. It was so much fun and we took so many pictures that I decided to dedicate an entire page to our day in Tuscany.  Here’s a preview:

Tuscany Fiat

We made it back to the city to have dinner on the square. The tower is so pretty at twilight.

Siena tower at twilight

Streets in Siena get quiet pretty early.  It’s a lovely time to take pictures.

Siena StreetsAnd it’s so much fun to walk down them late at night.

Siena walk at nightGoodbye medieval city…tomorrow is Rome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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