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Siena travel attractions

Siena may be of the most intense interest for the lovers of medieval architecture as the historical center of the city remained almost intact since 14 century. The two most interesting sights are in the center of the city. They are the Piazza del Campo with the famous Palazzo Pubblico and the Siena Cathedral also known as the Duomo of Siena. You may also eternally wander along the narrow streets of this medieval city.

Piazza del Campo can be rightly recognized as one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. The square is small but everything looks very harmonious there. It has an incline in the form of a gently sloping amphitheatre, which descends to the Palazzo Pubblico. The Torre del Mangia is towering over the Piazza del Campo.

The Siena Cathedral was built in 13 century but it took several more centuries to finish it. However in our days the cathedral stands in all its glory. The exterior and interior finishing of the Siena Cathedral is so magnificent that this makes it one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy.

The central streets of Siena may be considered as a very interesting sight of the city as well. Most of the cobbled streets are only 3-4 meters wide, and high houses make them look as a kind of a maze.

You must ascend onto the two main lookouts of Siena. The Torre del Mangia is one of them. This bell tower is rising above the Piazza del Campo. From the bell tower you can have a wonderful view of the Siena Cathedral, as well as the historical part of the city. The Piazza del Campo is at the foot of the bell tower.

The second lookout is on the wall of the New Cathedral of Siena. In 14 century the citizens of Siena wanted to erect a new grandiose cathedral. It was intended to be the largest cathedral in Italy or even in Europe. But in 1348 about 4/5 of citizens died of plague. As a result, the construction of the cathedral was stopped. Now only a giant wall with arches reminds of the cathedral. On the wall a lookout was created. From this point you can have a splendid view of the Piazza del Campo and the Old Town. 

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Historic image of Piazza del Campo, the main square in Siena, was formed in the 12th and 13th centuries
Siena Duomo Cathedral - the most beautiful example of the Italian medieval Gothic
A view of the Cathedral Duomo of Siena from the Torre del Mangia
The view of the old town of Siena with the Torre del Mangia
The historical centre of Siena with the houses 13-14 century
The narrow streets of medieval Siena
Sansedoni Palace, built on Piazza del Campo in the 13th century, by richest family of Siena
The fountain of Joy (Fonte Gaia), built on Piazza del Campo in Siena in 1412 by sculptor Jacobo della Quercia
Frescoes by the artist Ambrogio Lorenzetti (14th century) on the walls of Palazzo Pubblico
The main hall of Meetings of the City Council of Siena in the Palazzo Pubblico
Views of Piazza del Campo from top of Torre del Mangia
Piazza del Campo is located on a hill, so it has a slope like an amphitheater going down to Palazzo Publico
The altar of the cathedral Duomo Siena
The interior of the Duomo Siena Cathedral is decorated in white and black tones
Marble slabs on the floor of Duomo Cathedral with scenes from the history of the city - pride of the Siena
Palazzo Salimbeni in the historical centre of Siena
Basilica of San Domenico in the old town of Siena
The street leading from the Palazzo Pubblico to the Duomo in Siena
A steep staircase leads down to the Crypt of Siena Cathedral Duomo
The font of bronze made by the sculptor Donatello in the Baptistry of San Giovanni in Siena
Mural of artist Viccetta and his disciples (15th century) on the subjects of prayer Simbol of Faith in the Baptistery of Siena
Santa Maria della Scala hospital in Siena - one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, was founded in the 9th century
The famous Pilgrim Hall in the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala is painted with frescoes from the history of the hospital
Frescoes of the 14th century, written by the Simone Martini on the subjects of the Virgin in the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala
The Piccolomini library is located in the left transept of Duomo Siena and has exceptional artistic value
The walls and vaults of the Piccolomini Library are painted by the early Renaissance artist Pinturicchio
A Roman copy of the Three graces that Pinturicchio, Rafael, and Canova used as a model in Piccolomini Library
Frescoes in the Library of Piccolomini, written in 1507 by the artist Pinturicchio
The Museum Opera del Duomo collected masterpieces that were stored in the Duomo of Siena
Sculpture of the Siena Cathedral, the Museum Opera del Duomo
The 13th century frescoes in the crypt of the Duomo of Siena