Rome, Italy
Date: Lodging: Distance: Total:
02/11/1999 Hotel Cardinal 426 KM 45038 KM

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Only in Rome

The inside of the Duomo is just extraordinary with black and white marble columns and a patterned marbled floor.


 
Siena's Duomo has a carousel pulpit, carved by Nicola Pisano around 1265, that shows the life of Christ.

The Duomo in Siena, completed in the 14th century, is my favorite Gothic cathedral we've seen thus far. The use of several colors of marble makes the exterior different from the traditional all-white Gothic Italian structures. When the Duomo was completed the Sienese had even bigger plans, but the Black Death of 1348 almost destroyed the population so expansion plans were never realized.


 
Siena

In Siena


 
Piazza del Campo (Il Campo to the locals) is a fan-shaped piazza built in the 14th century as a market area. The bricks of the Campo show nine divided sections - symbolic of the medieval Government of Nine, which ruled Siena.

Palazzo Publicco, the focal point of the Piazza del Campo, has served as the town hall since the 1300s.


 
The Fountain of Joy is situated in the center of the top of Il Campo - fountain so named because of the fanfare and excitement it brought to the Sienese upon inauguration in the 1300s.

Chianti grapes


 
Tuscany


 
PAIGE'S OBSERVATIONS
 
2 November 1999 - The Duomo in Siena is now my top pick for a Gothic cathedral. The use of several colors of marble makes the exterior pure ecstasy. Numerous peaks and statues dart out, up and down. The cathedral was finished in the 14th century, but at the time the Sienese had even grander plans. The plague of 1348 almost destroyed the population and resources, so larger plans were never carried out.

The interior is just as beautiful as the exterior with marble inlaid floors that took over 200 years to complete. The top panel of the carousel pulpit, carved by Nicola Pisano around 1265, depicts Christ's life.

Several blocks for the Duomo is the Piazza del Campo with the Palazzo Pubblico, which has served as the town hall since the 1300s. Il Campo (The Field) is a fan-shaped piazza versus square like every other one we've seen in Italy. Il Campo, built in the 14th century as a market, has nine divisions of bricks - symbolizing the medieval Government of Nine. The Fountain of Joy, at the top of Il Campo, is so named because of the fanfare and 'joy' it brought to the Sienese when inaugurated in the 1300s.

Siena is a definite place to visit again and stay longer.

 
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  A great drive through Chianti (Paige)