Who doesn’t think of Tuscany when they hear of hills and vineyards? The interesting thing is that it is not just the wineries that are built on the hills – the cities take advantage of the terrain. Siena is one of them – you could walk through the old town and enjoy the view of the sights from a distance. I realised this when we were walking down from Siena’s Cathedral towards the old town and suddenly we had this undisturbed view of the Basilica di San Domenico.
A Gothic Building
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to visit the Basilica di San Domenico, though it was supposed to be an impressive medieval construction. The Basilica was built in a Gothic style in the 13th century. Though many gothic elements of this building was destroyed by fires, the military occupation in the 16th century and an earthquake that occurred in the 18th century, the shape and the character of this beauty stayed Gothic – lofty, static and monumental.