|Piazza del Campo|
Take some time to stand in the midele of the Piazza and admire the beauty of the archirecture surrounding it, this truly is one of Europe's special places. You can see that we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day when we were there which helped to showcase the city at its best.
The focal point of the Piazza is the Fonte Gaia, a rectangular marble basin decorated by statues. The fountain now seen in the square is a 19th century copy of the original which was removed to preserve it from the ravages of the weather. The reliefs on the fountain feature Adam and Eve, the Madonna and Child and the virtues. Water is fed into it by a 25km (15mile) aqueduct, which has brought fresh water to the city from the hills since the 14th century.
The Palazzo Pubblico, the Gothic townhall was completed in 1342. At 102m (330ft), the belltower is the second highest medieval tower to be built in Italy and as you can see I struggled to capture the complete building in one photo.
We loved our time in Siena, the city is small enough to wander round without getting lost and unlike Florence it feels clean and less overwhelmed by tourists. If you plan to visit Tuscany, be sure and add Siena to your plans for your trip, you won't be disappointed.