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5/13 Thur The weather was predicted to be partly sunny in Siena, so off we went.

Im rather enjoying speeding around these narrow, winding country roads.

We should have rented a Ferrari instead of a Fiat! Ha, ha!

Above - Il Campo - Rick Steves' favorite Square in all of Italy

         

Above - The Cathedral (Duomo) with its six-story striped belltower

Siena's Cathedrale di Santa Maria, better known as the Duomo, is a

gleaming marble treasury of Gothic art from the 13th and 14th centuries.

         

Siena's Duomo was built between 1215 and 1263 and designed in part by Gothic

master Nicola Pisano. His son, Giovanni, drew up the plans for the lower half of

the facade, begun in 1285. The facade's upper half was added in the 14th century.

         

Above and Below - The interior of the Duomo

                   

Below - The Library of the Duomo

                   

The walls of the Piccolomini library are beautifully decorated with ten frescoes by

Pinturicchio (1502-07) depicting the eventful life of Pope Pius II.

Below - The celebrated pavement of Siena Cathedral features 59

etched and inlaid marble panels created from 1372 to 1547.

We had a wonderful lunch at a great restaurant just off the main square.

Judith had Risotto with pumpkin and Porcini while I had the house special of the day

a vegetable lasagna with a white sauce. Both meals were great!

Below - More Siena scenery