Okay well there was going to be a Part 4 but it is now starting to feel a little remote from the actual event so I guess I'll just kind of skim over our last day in Siena so I can move onto more recent events.
We woke up and left our room late (11am checkout!) and did our usual wander into il Campo where they were doing an excellent job of cleaning up after the race (I still can't believe they go through all of this twice a year).
We visited the Ospedale di Santa Maria della Scala to look at the famous frescos and got ourselves lost in the terrifying, labyrinthine, archeological museum beneath. Having managed to escape, we then bought ourselves some recuperative, delicious, panini to eat on the steps of the Duomo (and some panforte for later).
Then we headed into the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, which is very interesting, containing many artifacts from the Duomo, including the 14th century Maesta by Duccio di Buoninsegna, and allowing you to climb up onto one of the walls of the aborted expansion of the Duomo, from where you have an excellent view over Siena.
In summary of events:
- Siena Palio: Part 1 arrival and trial race
- Siena Palio: Part 2 around siena
- Siena Palio: Part 3 race day