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Glimpses of "il Palio" (Highlight #2)

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Siena is plenty of hidden beauties

We reached Siena at dawn, and the scenery from San Domenico was wonderful. Man, if you are near Florence, you must go to Siena. It was the second highlight of our travel.

Siena is charming. On most websites they define it as the "rival of Florence". As we didn´t go to Florence we cannot compare, but surely it worth the nickname. It´s a small city with amazing slopes all through it, as it was suspended in the middle of an ocean. From the top of one of those hills you can see a maze of medieval buildings and towers, downhill you´ll discover the magic of beautiful fountains shaped as unicorns and throwing water through the steel horn.

Every single sight in Siena is beautiful, and you must aware of the incredible reliefs of every corner, the incredible sculptures of the merchants logia building, the shining white of the unfinished cathedral, the magical slopes of Piazza dei Campo.

Details from the palio decoration
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We were lucky enough to be there just before the palio (the palio is a war-like horse race between the different suburbs of Siena, in a medieval scenery) so they were decoring every suburb with the banners they wear. Imaging yourself walking throug a medieval town and finding at one corner a dragon-like banner, on another one a fish, on another a serpent... it was incredible. I have no words (in english or spanish) to describe the sensations that city aroused. Of course, there was a lot of tourist there, but it doesn´t mind: you are happy enough to be there that you almost forget that you´re one of those millions of beings with cameras and short trousers dazzled around.

I think I´m going to upload more pictures of Siena after this speech!!!

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Siena is plenty of hidden beauties
Siena is plenty of hidden beauties
Details from the palio decoration
Details from the palio decoration
A detail of the cathedral
A detail of the cathedral
inside the duomo
inside the duomo
breathless!
breathless!
Campo dei fiori
Campo dei fiori
A different view of siena
A different view of siena
Detail of duomo´s front
Detail of duomo´s front
Cathedral´s detail
Cathedral´s detail
Siena
photo by: Pearl510