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... of Siena. Located just 30 miles Southeast of San Gimignano, Siena is the second most popular city to tour after Florence. We arrived in Sienna shortly before 11:00 and wound our way from a parking garage on the edge of town to the Siena Cathedral - Il Duomo. Utterly amazing. While the architecture is pretty conventional, the decor, artwork, sculpture, colors are astounding. Perhaps the ...
... same way.
We stop first at Montiriggioni fortress--a historically significant fort built by the Sienese as a defensive fortification in their eternal war with Florence. Apparently it was also mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy (which I really need to read). It was beautiful to walk around inside the walls of the fortress, and view the small church. Then, it was on to Siena.
As we worked our way South, Paoulo ...
... s head. Well, one of the St. Catherine’s. The Sienese one. I’m pretty sure there are at least a couple more . . .
The church itself was okay. There was scaffolding all over for renovation efforts, but there were still tons of paintings and objects/reliquaries to see. Also St. Catherine’s head. Pictures were not allowed, even sans flash, and I don’t know if I would have taken any even if they were allowed . . .if you really ...
... of art in another rabbit warren of a building.
After this lunch called in a nearby cafe - coffee and foccacia. We planned to go to the church of San Martino after lunch, but it was closed, so instead we went around the town hall. Gosh what a building! Early 14th century brick and in excellent condition. The rooms (and there are many) are full of original frescos, walls and ceilings both, in remarkably good condition for being 600 years old. ...
... Many cities in Italy offer one ticket for all the major sites that is cheaper than buying individual tickets. When we finally found the TI office, there was a typed memo taped in a window stating TI was somewhere else. In fact, we had just been there. As it turned out they did not sell any tickets to museums.
We hiked back to ticket sales and purchased a reserved ticket to the Duomo sites for 13 Euro each then hoofed it back to the parking garage. As ...