Siena, Piazza del Campo and Duomo



Piazza del Campo
Web photo of the Piazza del Campo



The Corso Palio
Web photo of the Corso Palio

The Corso Palio (Horse Race dating back to 1656) is run twice a year in the Piazza del Campo. Ten riders and horses representing 10 of the 17 wards of Siena compete and the winning ward gets to display its flags throughout the town until the next race. The race consists of three laps around the Campo and the winner usually completes those laps in less than 90 seconds. We've heard that the Campo inside the track is completely filled with people and the photo confirms it.


Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia
Web photo of the Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia an early seat of democracy first construction 1289 and 1325 respectively.



Torre del Mangia
Torre del Mangia



Corner column decoration of the Palazzo Pubblico
Corner column decoration of the Palazzo Pubblico



People lounging in the Piazza del Campo
People lounging in the Piazza del Campo



Siena Duomo
Siena Duomo



Interior of the Duomo
Interior of the Duomo



Interior of the Duomo dome
Interior of the Duomo dome



Detail of Duomo floor
Detail of Duomo floor



Two wall scenes of the Piccolomini library
Web photo of two wall scenes of the Piccolomini library

The Piccolomini Library is attached to the Duomo and is entered from it. All of the walls and the ceiling contain frescoes painted by Bernardino di Betto (14541513). The visual impact of these frescoes is completely stunning. They are very brightly colored and look as if they might have been painted earlier in the day we viewed them. Hard to believe was information we found in the library that said that the frescoes had not be retouched since they were painted (1502-1507). We must have misunderstood.


Piccolomini library ceiling
Piccolomini library ceiling



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