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We woke at 7A. Breakfast was good – this hotel’s buffet includes eggs and Italian bacon, which is saltier and seasoned with pepper.

I finished A History of Sparta, 950-192 B.C. this morning while Aviva showered; I’ve started Angels & Demons by Dan Brown.

Along the walk from the hotel we found a sculpture of the mascot of Siena, a she-wolf.

The she-wolf suckling two children, the mascot for Siena

The she-wolf suckling two children, the mascot for Siena

We tried to get into the synagogue in Siena – unfortunately is Sukot so they aren’t allowing visitors. We then went over to the Palazzo Publico, which used to be the public building of Siena and now houses, in the attached Museo Civico, an art collection and has wonderful frescoes decorating the walls.

The Palazzo Publico from inside the courtyard

The Palazzo Publico from inside the courtyard

One of the doors at the Palazzo Publico

One of the doors at the Palazzo Publico

The ticket for the Museo Civico

The ticket for the Museo Civico

The Palazzo Publico is right on the Campo, the large amphitheater-like area in the middle of town. There are lots of pizzarias and gellato stands around the Campo.

Detail of a snake attached to pillars around the Campo

Detail of a snake attached to pillars around the Campo

We ate lunch at La Torre, a small restaurant across from the Palazzo Publico. It was quite good – we asked the waiter for a menu and he pointed to himself!

We spent the rest of the day in the environs around the Duomo. The facade is perhaps nicer than the facade of the Duomo in Florence. We couldn’t go inside because they had services and a performance; we’ll try tomorrow. We did visit the Bapistry, which has a cool ceiling fresco, and the two museums, Santa Maria della Scala and Museo dell ‘Opera, one with a show of work by Duccio and the other with stonework from the Duomo (reproductions are installed now on the outside so the original sculptures don’t deteriorate further). The Duccio show was nice, as it included works by people that influenced Duccio and those that he influenced. Duccio was a important artist in the growth of the gothic style in Siena.

The dead re-arising from the Bapistry at the Duomo

The dead re-arising from the Bapistry at the Duomo

The ticket for the Duccio show

The ticket for the Duccio show

Of course we saw various small shrines on walls along the way. We ate dinner at a small place near the hotel, which was superb; the cheese-filled gnocchi in an herb-cream sauce was to die for (I wish I had the card for them – the food was wonderful).

Yet another small wall shrine along one of the streets

Yet another small wall shrine along one of the streets

We went back to our room and slept for the night.

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Unchanged: We woke at 7A. Breakfast was good - this hotel's buffet includes eggs and Italian bacon, which is saltier and seasoned with pepper. Unchanged: We woke at 7A. Breakfast was good - this hotel's buffet includes eggs and Italian bacon, which is saltier and seasoned with pepper.
Unchanged: I finished <a href="http:// www.amazon.com/ History-Sparta- 950-192-B-C/dp/ 0393004813%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJ575TFCTD2TUN5TQ%26tag%3Dalnathnuse- 20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0393004813">A History of Sparta, 950-192 B.C.</a> this morning while Aviva showered; I've started <a href="http:// www.amazon.com/ Angels-Demons- Dan-Brown/dp/ 0671027360%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJ575TFCTD2TUN5TQ%26tag%3Dalnathnuse- 20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0671027360">Angels &amp; Demons</a> by Dan Brown. Unchanged: I finished <a href="http:// www.amazon.com/ History-Sparta- 950-192-B-C/dp/ 0393004813%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJ575TFCTD2TUN5TQ%26tag%3Dalnathnuse- 20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0393004813">A History of Sparta, 950-192 B.C.</a> this morning while Aviva showered; I've started <a href="http:// www.amazon.com/ Angels-Demons- Dan-Brown/dp/ 0671027360%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJ575TFCTD2TUN5TQ%26tag%3Dalnathnuse- 20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0671027360">Angels &amp; Demons</a> by Dan Brown.
Unchanged: Along the walk from the hotel we found a sculpture of the mascot of Siena, a she-wolf. Unchanged: Along the walk from the hotel we found a sculpture of the mascot of Siena, a she-wolf.
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Unchanged: We tried to get into the synagogue in Siena - unfortunately is Sukot so they aren't allowing visitors. We then went over to the <a id="PalazzoPublico" name="PalazzoPublico" ></a>Palazzo Publico, which used to be the public building of Siena and now houses, in the attached <a id="MuseoCivico" name="MuseoCivico"></a>Museo Civico, an art collection and has wonderful frescoes decorating the walls. Unchanged: We tried to get into the synagogue in Siena - unfortunately is Sukot so they aren't allowing visitors. We then went over to the <a id="PalazzoPublico" name="PalazzoPublico" ></a>Palazzo Publico, which used to be the public building of Siena and now houses, in the attached <a id="MuseoCivico" name="MuseoCivico"></a>Museo Civico, an art collection and has wonderful frescoes decorating the walls.
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Unchanged: The Palazzo Publico is right on the <a id="Campo" name="Campo"></a>Campo, the large amphitheater-like area in the middle of town. There are lots of pizzarias and gellato stands around the Campo. Unchanged: The Palazzo Publico is right on the <a id="Campo" name="Campo"></a>Campo, the large amphitheater-like area in the middle of town. There are lots of pizzarias and gellato stands around the Campo.
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Unchanged: We ate lunch at La Torre, a small restaurant across from the Palazzo Publico. It was quite good - we asked the waiter for a menu and he pointed to himself! Unchanged: We ate lunch at La Torre, a small restaurant across from the Palazzo Publico. It was quite good - we asked the waiter for a menu and he pointed to himself!
Unchanged: We spent the rest of the day in the environs around the Duomo. The facade is perhaps nicer than the facade of the Duomo in Florence. We couldn't go inside because they had services and a performance; we'll try tomorrow. We did visit the <a id="Bapistry" name="Bapistry" ></a>Bapistry, which has a cool ceiling fresco, and the two museums, <a id="SantaMariaDellaScala" name="SantaMariaDellaScala"></a>Santa Maria della Scala and <a id="MuseoDellOpera" name="MuseoDellOpera"></a>Museo dell 'Opera, one with a show of work by Duccio and the other with stonework from the Duomo (reproductions are installed now on the outside so the original sculptures don't deteriorate further). The Duccio show was nice, as it included works by people that influenced Duccio and those that he influenced. Duccio was a important artist in the growth of the gothic style in Siena. Unchanged: We spent the rest of the day in the environs around the Duomo. The facade is perhaps nicer than the facade of the Duomo in Florence. We couldn't go inside because they had services and a performance; we'll try tomorrow. We did visit the <a id="Bapistry" name="Bapistry" ></a>Bapistry, which has a cool ceiling fresco, and the two museums, <a id="SantaMariaDellaScala" name="SantaMariaDellaScala"></a>Santa Maria della Scala and <a id="MuseoDellOpera" name="MuseoDellOpera"></a>Museo dell 'Opera, one with a show of work by Duccio and the other with stonework from the Duomo (reproductions are installed now on the outside so the original sculptures don't deteriorate further). The Duccio show was nice, as it included works by people that influenced Duccio and those that he influenced. Duccio was a important artist in the growth of the gothic style in Siena.
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Unchanged: Of course we saw various small shrines on walls along the way. We ate dinner at a small place near the hotel, which was superb; the cheese-filled gnocchi in an herb-cream sauce was to die for (I wish I had the card for them - the food was wonderful). Unchanged: Of course we saw various small shrines on walls along the way. We ate dinner at a small place near the hotel, which was superb; the cheese-filled gnocchi in an herb-cream sauce was to die for (I wish I had the card for them - the food was wonderful).
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