View of the Piazza del Campo from top of the Duomo's facade
After Perugia we went on to Siena and stayed for a couple of days. Siena is famous for the Campo - a large medieval square which is the scene of a horse race every two years ... it's a very large Piazza!!
Palazzo Pubblico, Piazza del Campo
It's a bit difficult to get a photo of the main building on the Campo ... but I just managed to get back far enough for my wide-angle lens to get it all in. The building above houses the civic museum which was well worth a visit - lots of great frescoes!
There are lots and lots of steps in Siena ... it's steep!
Romulus & Remus statue in front of the Duomo
Duomo - front facade miraculously without hordes of tourists spoiling the shot!
Side view of the Duomo from the top of Duomo's facade
In the middle ages there were plans to extend the Duomo and work was started on the walls for the larger structure. The plague put a stop to the work, but you can climb up some of the remaining walls and look down on the city and get a good view of the Duomo (yep - more steps!).
Piccolomini Library Ceiling
Most of the Duomo's interior left me cold ... completely over the top (decorated walls, paintings, statues, elaborately tiled floors - all too much when put together) and overcrowded with tourists. However the Piccolomini Library was stunning - there were illuminated manuscripts on display and some stunning frescoes.
We saw an amazing number of frescoes on this trip and we were rarely allowed to photograph them. In the Duomo the policy seemed to be that you could photograph anything as long as you didn't use flash or a tripod ... guess they're betting on most people not having the technology to take decent handheld photos in low light, but our cameras seemed to do OK.
After Siena we only had a few days left in Italy. We headed north ... next stop a very brief trip to Pisa!