October 31st
2009
written by Alonna

After Cinque Terre, Ben and I headed to Siena for 3 nights. Compared to it’s old rival, Florence, Siena has a charming small-town feel, with hills and narrow cobblestone streets. As an unexpected bonus, the hotel we’d booked had a big terrace with an amazing view of the city. Here’s a few photos from the terrace:
 
Panoramnic view from our hotel
View from hotel terrace View from our hotel in Siena

The main sites in Siena are Il Campo and the Duomo (Cathedral). Il Campo is a round amphitheater-like piazza spreading out from the City Hall at the bottom.
 
Il Campo City Hall

The Duomo in Siena is incredible. The facade on the front is probably the best we’ve seen. But the inside of the Cathedral is just as impressive – with marble mosaics all over the floor. There was some good art as well, including a Michelangelo statue (and yes – his statues are noticeably better than others), and a room with really cool frescos all over the walls. Apparently they wanted to build even more Duomo, but it was never completed, as you can see from an unfinished wall outside.
 
Duomo Amazing Duomo facade Duomo interior Marble mosaics all over the Duomo floor Michelangelo statue of Peter Duomo room with amazing frescos Unfinished Duomo wall

A few more photos from the streets of Siena.
 
Ben in Siena Small streets in Siena Such a typical view in Europe - hanging clothes out to dry

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