Guide to Siena
General Books LLC, 2009 - 210 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. Excerpt: ... ITINERARY Note. For those visitors who can spend but a day or two in Siena, the following points of interest are the most important: Piazza del Campo and the Palazzo Pubblico, Cathedral and Baptistery, Opera del Duomo, Calleria delle Belle Arti; the churches of S. Domenico, S. Francesco, Sta. Maria dei Servi and Sant'Agostino; House of St. Catherine; Archivlo. TERZO DI CITT THE central and most characteristic part of Siena is the large Piazza del Campo (now called the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele). It is most easily reached by following the Via Cavour, the principal street of the town, as far as the Loggia di Mercanzia, which stands near the meeting of the Via Ricasoli and Via Cavour--a point called the Croce del Travaglio ('). Passing down the steps at the L of the Loggia, the sudden view of the (1) See page 81 note (') supra. beautiful Piazza is most strikingly impressive. Immediately in front, at the bottom of the slope, stands the great Palazzo Pubblico with its wonderful soaring bell-tower. On all sides are high palaces, but palaces that have lost much of the mediaeval aspect, their towers having been cut down and their facades almost entirely made over at various periods. Only the huge red Gothic building to the L, the Palazzo Sansedoni, remains almost as it was in the 14th century. The fan-shaped Piazza itself is very interesting. Its central area, enclosed by a broad pavement over which the famous Palio is run, is divided by stone ribs which meet in front of the Palazzo, the spaces between being paved, herring-bone fashion, with brick. This unique and beautiful square has at all times been the heart and centre of Siena. Here whether for pleasure or for war, for councils good or evil, have her people always assembled. The scene of the many games ...
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