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Piazza del campo durante il palio

Piazza del Campo

The first warm sun of spring, but it’s still cold in the shade. I sit down on the warm bricks, lean back with my hands, and stretch my legs. I can’t eat the ciaccino yet, it’s too hot. The swallows fly all around while the pigeons approach you to pick up some crumbs. The light …

Siena Via fosso di sant'ansano con facciata santa maria della scala

Fosso di S. Ansano street

Siena, Piazza della Postierla, better known as “Quattro Cantoni”. Its name derives from latin “posterula”, little gate. This led to a ditch along a precipice where were the ancient walls of Siena with its charcoal pits. The medieval Hospital of Saint Mary of the Ladder buys this space from Municipality ‘cause it needs to expand. However, the expansion …