We all anticipated and prepared for an entire day of rain, but luck and prayers were on our side to clear the skies after an hour in Siena which made for a beautiful sunny lunch. The cathedral was our next stop and is one of the most interesting in Italy, with ornate marble designs, busts of each pope line the ceiling, and massive carvings are scattered around the floor.
During the heat of the afternoon, we all enjoyed a huge three scoop cone of gelato before we climbed the 400 steps to the top of the bell tower in the Piazza del Campo. The climb was slightly treacherous with low ceilings, worn steps and the threat of rain on the horizon, but we managed the journey with ease. The views fom the 335 foot tower were incredible of the tuscan countryside, which we all took memory of. None of us wanted to return to ground level and away from the spectacular scenes around Siena.