Il tramonto inizia sopra Torre del Mangia in Piazza del Campo di Siena
"The sunset begins over Torre del Mangia in Piazza del Campo di Siena"...
The Piazza del Campo is a magnificent encapsulated brick gathering center surrounded by Siena’s ancient sienna colored buildings. The sloping piazza has been Siena's civic and social center since the ruling Consiglio dei Nove in the mid-12th century. Built on the site of a Roman marketplace, its paving is divided into nine sectors representing the number of members of the consiglio. The cafes around the perimeter are the most popular coffee and aperitivi spots in town. The site revolutionized the idea of the medieval Italian piazza, having no spatial restrictions or conventional shape nor any symbolic balance of secular or religious power. The Palio di Siena is run twice yearly, in July and August, dirt and sand are brought in and laid around the edges of the Piazza del Campo to transform it into a horse racing track. This traditional race, which has ancient roots, still showcases the fierce rivalry which still remains between the 17 wards of the city. I found Siena to be one of the most pleasing and still authentic Italian of my travels. Siena is also the home of Saint Catherine of Siena who was part of the Dominican Order. She was a Scholastic philosopher and theologian who had a great influence on the Catholic Church. Saint Catherine has been declared a Saint and a Doctor of the Church. She is one of the outstanding figures of medieval Catholicism and by the strong influence she has had in the history of the papacy. She is behind the return of the Pope from Avignon to Rome, and carried out many missions entrusted by the pope, a rare feat for a Nun of the Middle Ages.
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