Travel Blogs from Torrita di Siena
... museum, and panoramic tower walk. The queues were just starting to form because we were so early. We then explored and had a coffee in a little side street coffee shop. Whole Richard stayed to pay Sue had a little look in the shops near by and bought a Christmas decoration to remember Tuscany with. When she came out Richard had tried to go in and pay and was told to wait outside, he then caught the attention of the waiter twice and was ignored - our tour was about to start and we ...
... that was communal. There was one other room but it was not in occupation. So we pretty much had the floor to ourselves! Our room was huge too! So much space. We loved it. And the bathroom was spacious! After coming from Florence's tiny **** shower... having this much space in our shower was a godsend. I could actually put my arms above my head to wash my hair without hitting my elbows!!!!! HOORAY
After organising our luggage and settling in we headed out to ...
... almost black and white in the dark cathedral. I loved the striped columns and arches.
Attached to the Duomo Cathedral is the Baptistery, which I found beautiful for the frescoes that covered every inch of the arched ceilings.
Our last stop before lunch was the Piazza del Campo. It’s the main centre of Siena. It’s not a level piazza, but slopes like an irregular and shallow bowl, which allows all the rainwater to collect and drain to a central location. ...
... rain... we were all speechless. We couldn't stay long, so only a couple of people got off the bus to see the actual memorial pylon. No one spoke until we were back on the highway.
Back to the Palio: The race is run in the Piazza del Campo - fan-shaped town square - twice during the summer and draws thousands of tourists. Ten of the city's seventeen contrade (parish) compete in a wild bareback dash around the piazza where it's ...
... used today to hold Siena's most spectacular event, Il Palio (Pagent and horse race). On the upper part of Il Campo stands a 15th century Fontana Gaia (Happy Fountain) while at the other end is the elegant Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) with its graceful bell tower soaring above it.
A few more winds and turns and we were at the Duomo (Cathedral) one of Italy's greatest Gothic churches, with its magnificent fašade of white, green and red polychrome marble (although the same colours as ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility