Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta, Siena, Italy

AUGUST 2000 – The Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta in Siena, Italy. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Siena is a busy town in Tuscany in Italy. It’s best known for the horse race called Palio di Siena but has a beautiful historic city center, too. One of its key attractions is the Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta (Duomo di Siena) with its unique tower which is covered with black and white marble stripes all over. (As always, Wikipedia has all the details.)

We just spent a few hours in Siena and were lucky enough to catch the Dome in beautiful sunlight. The few dark clouds would later be getting more intense, take over the sky, and open their gates, pouring heavy rain over the city and the Tuscan landscape. In fact, one rain shower was so intense that we had to stop on the highway. As you may guess, our mood was – not good. At least I captured that moment.

AUGUST 2000 – Heavy rain, seen through the rear window of an Alfa Romeo 156, on a highway near Siena, Italy.
© Mark Zanzig

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time31-AUG-2000
LocationSiena, Italy
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6569 x 4276 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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