After an hour or so spent in Monteriggioni, we drove on about another 13km before reaching the city of Siena - a UNESCO World Heritage site.Walking from the Stadium, we could see the cathedral, or Duomo, from the crest of the hill. We strolled down winding streets until we eventually reached the expansive Piazza del Campo. People gathered in the sun, tossed coins in the fountain and patronised the many little restaurants encircling the piazza. It was a lovely feel.
As we made our way via undulating lane ways to Siena's Duomo, we could not help but be drawn in by the many unusual shopfronts. Florentine paper, sculptured Pinocchios, colourful leather and food stores crammed every space. Temptation seemed to be at every turn - at a price, of course!
The Duomo was an imposing sight, very detailed externally and in strikingly soft shades. We decided against paying the 40 euros for us all to enter. How many cathedrals can one family pay to see?
|The entrance archway to Monteriggioni|
|Eloise in Monteriggioni|
|Romanesque church of Monteriggioni|
|Looking down towards Siena from the Stadium|
|Piazza del Campo, Siena|
|Eloise, Brett and Sean in Piazza del Campo, Siena|
|Eloise and Tricia in front of Siena's town hall|
|Piazza del Campo's elaborate fountain|
|Florentine stationery store, Siena|
|The Duomo, Siena|
|Soft shades and striking detail of Siena's Duomo|
|Sean, Eloise, Brett Snr and Brett in Siena|
|Eloise enjoys one of Siena's many sun-kissed fountains|