Siena is one of my favourite Italian towns, I think it’s the colours. This shot was taken from the top of the campanile (Torre del Mangia) of the town hall; the shadows of both are playing on the campo. A couple of weeks after this shot, the campo came alive with its twice-yearly palio horse race. Here it was just business as usual.

The 102 metre high Torre del Mangia was built between 1325 and 1344 with its crown designed by the painter, Lippo Memmi. The tower was designed to be taller than the tower in neighboring rival Florence; at the time it was the tallest structure in Italy. It was fitted with a mechanical clock during the mid 14th century. It’s staggering to realise that this magnificent tower is over 650 years old!!

Best viewed large.

Canon 1DMkII with 17-35mm f2.8L lens at 17mm, ISO100 f8 1/500

Posted 5 April 2009.
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italy, siena, campo

Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 5 years ago

    wonderful image

  • Thanks so much, Luda

    – David Clarke

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarellialmost 5 years ago

    WOW! AMAZING! SPECTACULAR! TERRIFIC! AWESOME! OUSTANDING!…What else? INSTANT FAV! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Love ya, David!…lol…You captured my BELOVED Siena (and Italy as well) in its inner meaning! YAY!

  • Thanks so much, Daniela!!!! I love Siena, it’s such a beautiful and elegant town:))

    – David Clarke

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarellialmost 5 years ago


  • Grazie mille, cara Daniela!! Sono molto felice!!!!!!

    – David Clarke

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarellialmost 5 years ago

    Anche io, David! Sono contenta di aver creato questo gruppo e di avere te tra gli iscritti! Tu fai foto di gran classe! See U soon! DANIELA ;-)

  • Sorry, Daniela, I missed this last comment from you. Thanks so much for your lovely comments and thanks for setting up a brilliant group. You’re a star!!!!

    – David Clarke

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Polly :))

    – David Clarke

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 4 years ago

    Love your work….and your travel budget – lol! You’ve been to some wonderful places.

  • Many thanks, Sonia! I really appreciate all your comments.

    – David Clarke

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