il Campo, at top of our list of things-to-do in Siena was to climb the tower of the Palazzo Comunale, the Torre del Mangia (so named after its original, apparently very hungry, bell-ringer, mangiaguadagni).
Torre del Mangia was completed in 1297, is 102m high and has 503 steps, of which we enjoyed every single one.
ISO800 after taking some photos inside the darkness of the tower interior, and didn't realise my mistake until making my way back down. Of course it probably hasn't made any real difference to the photos, but every now and then you do wonder why you don't just leave the thing on full-auto.
Museo Civico. Luckily for you, the long suffering reader, they don't allow photography inside the museum. It certainly was a nice spot to visit, with many interesting frescoes including the famous Allegories of Good and Bad Government, which gave an amusingly extreme representation of their differing outcomes.
Next we visited the Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta), which was originally started in 1196 but which had a number of aborted attempts at expanding it over the years. Most of these expansions were abandoned due to the lack of structural integrity of the Duomo, but the final nail in their coffin was the black plague in 1348, which wiped out a large portion of the Sienese population. Nevertheless the Duomo is a very impressive structure in black and white marble.
Libreria Piccolomini, which actually got our attention more than the duomo itself (because, you know, if you've seen one church you've seen them all). In the library, which was commissioned by Francesco Piccolmini (who was pope for all of 10 days), you can see frescos depicting the life of Francesco's uncle and his books, which were illustrated in amazing detail.
After all this it was pretty much time to go, so we checked our supplies of panforte and jumped on Rapido bus back to Florence, whereupon we immediately got stuck in a traffic jam on the Autostrada. We still had many things we wanted to see in Siena, which was fine since we will be back in July for il Palio!