Posted by: Kerry & Jim | 13 October 2013

Siena & San Gimignano

Siena is a medieval city in Tuscany that is famous for the Palio, a horse race held twice a year, in the Piazza del Campo.

Entering the city we first noticed the difference in the buildings – they are mostly constructed of small reddish/brown bricks rather than the stone we have been seeing in our local area. Many of the public building have frescoed ceilings and intricate eaves.

The Duomo of Siena is impressive – made of white and black/green marble.

The Piazza del Campo is very large and definitely holds an aura as you enter from any of the side roads that lead to this centre point. The Campo is surrounded by impressive buildings, some are now hotels and restaurants with their alfresco areas providing a place to dine & watch everything happening in the piazza.

We obviously were not there for the Palio but I have found a couple of photos on the internet to give you an idea of the crowds and race in progress. We watched both races on the TV – they are crazy!

The very beautiful village of San Gimignano is a small walled hilltop village well known for its medieval architecture, towers and beautiful tuscan scenery. It is also popular for local produce such as wine & olive oil plus beautiful ceramics and paintings.

From a distance the towers of San Gimignano make the village easily recognisable. Sitting 334 metres above sea level the towers were originally built as dwellings by wealthy citizens.

The streets are lined with very well restored and maintained buildings.

From the walls of the city the views of the typical Tuscan countryside are really beautiful.


  1. Beautiful collection of pictures! Amazing places!

    • Thank you….such lovely places to photograph.

  2. Great photos great experiences – when is the book coming out?
    Best wishes Peter & Janet

    • Yes, we are having the time of our life.

  3. Beautiful pictures of those magnificent Italian towns. As a matter of interest, those towers were built by wealthy families for protection, particularly as from the XI Century when the fights between Guelphs and Ghibellines became a major problem. San Gimignano used to have up to 70 towers and all cities used to have them as well. Many did not survive Italy’s troubled history…

    • What a shame more haven’t survived the ravages of time!

  4. Wow!

    • Yep! It is very beautiful.

  5. Absolutely fantastic.
    Wishing we were there to enjoy it all with you!

    Cya her in December

    • That you have been great. See you soon.

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