Siena: Once a Booming Medieval City

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedMay 6, 2009
TakenApril 5, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40X
Exposure1/250 sec at f/10
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Focal Length65 mm
ISO140
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Recently I captured this shot of Siena off of hilltop country road, near where I live. Once a Roman colony, Siena became one of Europe’s greatest medieval cities until 1348 when most of its 100,000 population was wiped out by the plague, known as Black Death. This beautiful town is loaded with stunning historical sites, including Piazza del Campo, the unique shell-shaped square that slopes down to Palazzo Pubblico, home of numerous Sianese treasures. Each year in July and August the Palio, a famous horse race that dates back to the Middle Ages, is held at Piazza del Campo. A staged version of that race is in the latest James Bond movie. A Sianese friend of mine said the filming of that scene basically made the town inaccessible for three weeks.
I just found out Susan Littlefield has a granddaughter named Siena. I dedicate this shot to both of them.

54 responses

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (6 May 2009):

    What a city great capture!

  • Benny R@mirez

    Benny R@mirez gave props (6 May 2009):

    great shot!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (6 May 2009):

    A beautiful shot of a beautiful city; my granddaughter's name is Siena, so I have a special fondness for this city.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (6 May 2009):

    Susan, I certainly understand why you have a special fondness for this city. I dedicate this shot to you and your granddaughter named Siena.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (6 May 2009):

    Once medieval, now a booming metropolis. So expertly and beautifully captured!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (6 May 2009):

    Very interesting description and good capture of this beautiful city.

  • Roberto Noto

    Roberto Noto gave props (6 May 2009):

    just breath taking !!!! great shot

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (6 May 2009):

    What a gorgeous panorama! You will have this and your other amazing shots to look back on when you move on.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (7 May 2009):

    A beautiful capture of the city and love the history you included, I want to get on a plane right now..

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (7 May 2009):

    I love to go and see this beautiful city! Thanks for sharing, Deb. It is really so nice to visit your site and learn other places we've never been before.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2009):

    Lovely panoramic shot!

  • JOE FAILK

    JOE FAILK gave props (7 May 2009):

    Excellent capture! Very well done

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (8 May 2009):

    Crop for the ages.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (8 May 2009):

    What an awesome view!!! Great job!!!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (10 May 2009):

    so beautiful!!!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (12 May 2009):

    EXCELLENT photo and words! Just awesome Deborah!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (12 May 2009):

    Excellent entry!! Gorgeous shot!!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2009):

    Gorgeous location!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2009):

    Gorgeous location!

  • serg berrie

    serg berrie gave props (10 Jun 2009):

    Nice very Nice shot

  • serg berrie

    serg berrie gave props (10 Jun 2009):

    Thanks for Sharing this Beautiful Place

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    I don't know how I missed this one Deborah it is awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (4 Jun 2010):

    Excellent and YEAH! I want to be there!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (6 Jun 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (6 Jun 2010):

    I came back to vote!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (6 Jun 2010):

    I came back to vote..beautiful capture!

  • JOE FAILK

    JOE FAILK gave props (6 Jun 2010):

    Back to vote!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (6 Jun 2010):

    back to vote!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (7 Jun 2010):

    That's definitely urban!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (8 Jun 2010):

    voting!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (10 Jun 2010):

    Outstanding entry for the theme! Voted!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (10 Jun 2010):

    What a view--the trees are as incredible as the structures. Voted!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (10 Jun 2010):

    A simply effective crop that enhances this majestic, distant view

  • Marie Sager

    Marie Sager   gave props (11 Jun 2010):

    Simply beautiful. Voted YES.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (11 Jun 2010):

    Back to vote! A big Yes!!!! :)

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (11 Jun 2010):

    Yes!! Picture postcard perfect Deb.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    back to vote!! beautiful!!

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    great shot!!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    Back to Vote!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (17 Jun 2010):

    BTV

  • Daniela V

    Daniela V gave props (23 Jun 2010):

    awesome capture! voted.

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    now that I call a perfect entry ! V+++

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly gave props (13 Jul 2010):

    Great clear image if Sienna. A beautiful place.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (21 Jul 2010):

    BTV for this great shot Deborah

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (23 Jul 2010):

    What a gorgeous scene!!! Excellent for the theme ... voted!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (24 Jul 2010):

    Great entry!! Great shot!! My vote!!

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (28 Jul 2010):

    Superb...great sprawling shot...i LOVE ITALY ! Voted !

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (8 Aug 2010):

    fannnnnntastic!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (10 Aug 2010):

    Voted - excellent entry!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (1 Sep 2010):

    my vote for this great picture!!!!!!! Well done

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    My vote for one of my favorite cities rendered so beautifully

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (11 Sep 2010):

    RAD for sure !

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    Fantastic POV - Voted!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    really lovely pano

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