Siena, a small city in Tuscany, Italy is one of the World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO. I first heard about this city filled with history and culture while I was planning my Europe trip back in 2013. Whilst I’ve heard and dreamt about the wonders of the Tuscan hills, to see it myself was a moment I will never forget.
The trip to Siena was decided as a short stopover between our drive from Rome to Venice. We had the option to stop over at Florence or even Bologna but those are much bigger cities and a mere few hours would not have been enough. Siena on the other hand, is a relatively small medieval city that offered us a lot more for that short time frame.
The city was filled with reddish medieval buildings and is famous for its horse racing event called Palio held at the Piazza del Campo. According to wikipedia, legends has it that Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius (sons of Remus/nephews of Romolus, founder of Rome). They have brought the statue of the She-wolf with them when they fled Rome. The She-wolf, or, Capitoline Wolf was said to have rescued both Remus and Romolus when they were thrown to the river by their grand-uncle. Hence, you will see lots of she-wolf statues in Siena and in Rome.
When I first step onto the grounds of Siena, I was in awe. In awe of the hills, in awe of the buildings, in awe of the sceneries. There’s no white sandy beaches nor endless green mountains. The sceneries are very different but yet at the same time, jaw droopingly beautiful. It’s the kind of scenery that comes to mind when you watch movies set in the medieval times. It looked almost like a theme park trying to replicate the olden days but … these are real. The bricks are real. The buildings are real and have been there for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The piazza was lively and filled with people, food and music. The local food are simple yet very tasty. We could have explored more, but Venice was calling us. Our visit was a mere 3-4 hours but it was enough for us to admire the city that is, Siena.
These pictures were taken during my visit to Siena back in August 2013. I’ve come back to these pictures with new edits. Looking back at my old photos have taught me so much about the mistakes I have done back in the days when I wasn’t shooting in RAW and have never thought about compositions. I’ll posting more of my Europe trip back in 2013 in my upcoming posts. Do check them out in the future. 🙂
Hope you enjoy this post! Til the next post, keep experimenting~!