Siena is the capital of the province of Siena (which doesn’t help very much), but is the city that can be seen in the background of the Val d’Orcia pictures. It is a magnificent antique city in the middle of Tuscany, the centre of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Much can be read about it on its article on Wikipedia, but the most important part is that it’s a city full of unevent pavement, cobblestone streets, and more history than all of North America combined, pretty much.
I haven’t absolutely the REMOTEST idea how this X6 fits on any of these streets. Hell, for what it’s worth, even parked, it’s taking up about half of the street’s width. They should ban everything but Fiat 500s in cities like this, as far as I’m concerned!
The historic centre of Siena (the one named into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list). A famous horse race takes place here twice a year, and we were there right at the time when the preparations were being made for one of the two):
One of the most impressive works in the Palazzo Pubblico is Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s series of frescoes, Allegory of Good and Bad Government. Turns out I wasn’t supposed to take photos of it (clearly, I’m less literate than I am cultured, and considering the dearth of the latter, you can only begin to imagine the lack of the former, since the NO PHOTOS sign was pretty damn obvious). But I managed to get two photos, anyway. No posing in front of them, at least.
The Siena Cathedral is not only beautiful, but it is one of the most intricate, complex, and detailed cathedrals in all of Italy. The amount of detail in the construction is absolutely breathtaking.
All in all, Siena lives up to its reputation of a spectacular old, historical city. Well worth a visit if you’re in Tuscany.