Siena, a Beautiful Medieval Town
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We stayed in Siena for a few nights while exploring Tuscany and we loved it! It's a very beautiful walled city with buildings in varying shade of browns and golds. It's rich history dates back to between 900-400BC and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Siena's Duomo is a beautiful example of Italian Romanesque architecture and among all of the beauty inside are wonderfully preserved frescoes. The Duomo's bell tower catches your eye with it's black and white striped marble. The interior of the church continues this striped theme on it's walls and columns. This unique style was actually inspired by Siena's civic coat of arms which is a simple black and white shield
Of course the Piazza del Campo is not to be missed. The picturesque shell-shaped square contains the Palazzo Publico (Town Hall) and the Torre del Mangia (the bell tower) which is visible from all parts of Siena. You can go up to the top of the tower, but it is so small and cramped that only 25 visitors are allowed at one time so there can be quite a wait. The Campo has a wonderfully relaxed atmoshpere with people having taking seats right on the ground. It's a great place to have a bite, enjoy the history and beauty of the the architecture, and do a little people-watching while you're at it.