This tower is surely one of the most famous motives for the tourists in Siena. I had some problems to find the right place to take this photo. With my little camera it is not so easy. It does every thing and I can only choose zoom or not. Considering this I am rather proud of this picture.
|We see the building of the oldest bank of the world: "Monte Paschi di Siena". It is the day of the "Palio" and the whole town is made out for this great day. No history - it is to much.|
|For those who have not been there or seen the pictures in TV here is a photo of the "Campo", the central place where the Palio takes place (in about 3 hours). The atmosphere is incredible, the Campo is overcrowded and in reality, those who stand in the crowd nearly can't see anything.|
|Another point: It was the second Palio of August 13th, the winner was the horse of "La Contrade del'Aquila" (Eagle) and on the right You can see its flag.|
From Lucca there came a lot of famous artists. Maybe all of You know Giacomo Puccini, one of the great composers of the Italian opera of the last century.
|Lucca is a town near Pisa (You know the Tower, the »Torre Guinigi« don't You?). The wall around the
town is so broad that it was possible to build a real street on it. This tower with the tree on its top impressed me
very much. There is little space around it and while I made this photo I could not be sure that I would succeed.
This place is surrounded by houses and we happended to find it. From outside one has no idea of it.
|This ruin is very impressing. It is a strange feeling walking inside these high walls
with the blue sky above the head.|
In a house near by this sword in a rock (the translation of "Spada nella Roccia" how it is called) is exposed under glass. So I bought this card as I knew, that a photo would never be as clear (through the glass) as this one. There is a legend about it, but I do not remember it.
Then while a friend and I were waiting for the other members of our group of friends, I heard a great concert of animal music. I looked around and after some minutes a saw this little water and I knew, it were the frogs, that did the concert.
|Just in the south of Grosseto in the plains along the seashore there is a great park.
Buffalos and horses run free in a closed part - people may not enter but the rest of the park is free for walking. We, a
group of Italians from Torino and me, German, are a little bit away from the tourist centers of the Toscana and got here,
because Marco, a good friend of mine in this group of Torinesi has some friends in this zone of Grosseto.|
In Tuscany I have been many times, alone, with German and Italian friends. Every time I was in Siena, but only one time
it happened to be the day of the Palio. That was in 1988, when I stayed at Perugia.
I hope You enjoy my pictures..
6. Juni 1997