Having passed the city the day before and having been recommended a visit, we set off for Siena at 09:00hrs arriving at the city gates and turning left too soon, 30 minutes later.
The wrong left turn meant that we had to take another run at the gates and this time we made it through before turning left! We found the free car park I had been looking for, with just one available space, luck was on our side.
We headed back in to town, all looking a bit drab, damp and uncared for. It wasn't until we looked over some railings that we realised that we were in the wrong part of town. This, we soon remedied!
The ticket to visit everything was just €11 each, so we splashed out and, for a change, did the full tourist trip.
The Cathedral was simply amazing, and as we had paid we were also allowed to climb up into the roof space, lead by a guide, and see some of the original sketches and tools that had been preserved there. The views for the top were phenomenal!
After the Cathedral, we visited the Basilica which was underneath the main Cathedral Chancel. Then the Crypt which had only recently, within the past 30 years, been discovered, which was situated behind the Basilica and under the nave of the cathedral. There is still a large part of this which has not been explored.
Finally we visited the museum and adjoining tower, which we were allowed to climb to admire the views and take in the wonderful city skyline, before taking our leave and making our way to the Piazza del Campo.
The Piazza del Campo is a triangular 'square' where they hold horse racing on certain days of the year, thank goodness this wasn't one of them, so we were able to sit and eat our paninis in peace
Then, back to the car and home.