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"SIENA! Again, it's off the..." Italy Off The Beaten Path Tip by JessicaS

Italy Off The Beaten Path: 429 reviews and 599 photos


SIENA! Again, it's off the 'Venice-Florence-Rome' trek, but it's actually getting to be more popular with tourists. Siena is a step back in time. Every street begs to have its picture taken, and if you're lucky enough to be there during or near the Palio, you'll be treated to a tradition that's several hundred years old - and still going strong! Siena's patron saint, St. Catherine, left her head in the Basilica San Domenico for all to see (maybe not willingly, but there it is anyway)... The Duomo is lovely, and was intended to be much bigger (you can see the places where the pillars on either side of the nave would have been on the square outside the church) to outscale rival Firenze's Duomo... The whole city is the 'sight' - take lots of pictures! (This picture is of 'Il Campo' - Siena's main square, where everyone gathers in the evenings for the passagiatta and the nightly gelato!)

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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