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Palazzo Comunale
our bus parked just outside the big city gate, then we had to walk a long way up the get to the city centre. the minute you arrive you see that this town is something very special. it's build on top of a hill and it's very old, about 2-3 hundred years older than the city centre of florence, siena was the first place i actually saw gothic houses not just churches and cathedrals, the streets are very narrow and there is no systematic street structure, so you can get lost easily, i was impressed the minute i arrived.
we first went to the townhall centre with this huge "piazza del campo" in a shell shape! we got there via a very narrow street not larger than 2 meters! and when you walk down you can see glimbs of the "palazzo publico" (townhall) which is made in the same style as the one in florence, but with this amasing surroundings it's a pretty breathtaking view! we then were aloud to walk around a bit untill we got the next appointement with a guide.
a typical street
ahh i love to get lost in cities like this, i wondert around and went in every tiny street i could find! there have the real italian livestyle with laundry hanging outside windows everywhere and tiny transport buses trying to get through those narrow streets!
after i got back to the piazza del campo, we met our new guide, a true original one, he had his mic and speakers around his neck fitting perfect with his suite (probably both from the 60'is) and his charming italian accent when he talked german! he was not just very proud of siena (talking bad of florence, everytime he had a chance!) no he would give somebody a real roasting if he felt his city insult in anyway! very funny that guy, but his knowlege about the place was huge and we learned some interessing facts, i liked the part most on top next to the cathedrale, where you can see the unfinished part, the people around 1300 planed to build this huge new cathedrale on top of the old one, but because of the plague, half the city died and there where no more enough people around to finish it! so it just stands there as if the builders would continiue in a minute! well the old cathedrale is allready stunning enough!, they were curantly building the front new so the just put an image there, so everyone could see how it should look, a "gigantographie" as our guide said! but i was more impressed by the inside, they have this black and white stone which gives a very modern tough to it and this painted seeling of a night sky with lots of golden stars, a very byzantinish look, i liked that a lot, just a very special feeling, and something i haven't seen before, i'm more used to gothic churches not in byzantinish style, we don't have that in switzerland!
personly i'd almost say that i'd prefere siena to florence, but there are so diffrent from one another that i couldn't say, i realy like the narrow streets here!
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Palazzo Comunale
Palazzo Comunale
a typical street
a typical street
a gothic building
a gothic building
mondays laundry
mondays laundry
laundry
laundry
unfinishid part of the dom
unfinishid part of the dom
a gigantographie
a gigantographie
basilica
basilica
windows
windows
on the way to siena
on the way to siena
119 km (74 miles) traveled
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photo by: Pearl510