Lesson #10: Pay attention. Sometimes beauty is overhead, and to the right, and to the left, and even under your feet.
Getting to go to Siena was kind of a happy accident—at least for me. Not so much so for one of our group. Four friends had planned on going to Siena, but one of them woke up with a cold and decided she’d rather stay at the villa and rest for the day. With room for another person in the car, the others invited me to go with them. I was sorry our friend didn’t feel well, but I was grateful for the invitation.
It took us over two hours to drive to Siena, so we weren’t there long, but we had time for a leisurely wander through the Cathedral, or Duomo. In a country of beautiful, ornate cathedrals, the Duomo di Siena is one of the most beautiful. The West façade, with the main entrance, is, well, stunning.
And there are sculptures of Romulus and Remus being nursed by the she-wolf of Siena in front.
Inside the Duomo, there is so much to see, it is impossible to take it all in. There are the black-and-white striped marble columns,…
the dome (with Bernini’s sun-like gilded lantern),…
and the floors. Yes, the floors. I’m gazing around, mouth agape, at the walls, the columns, the ceilings, and then I look down at the floors. Each section is a different marble mosaic, depicting people (there’s a whole series of oracles) or scenes.
And then there are the side chapels, like the Chapel of the Madonna of the Vow, …
and the Piccolomini Library.
What a visual feast—or smorgasbord even. Overwhelming. Stunning. It would take days to really see it all. I’m grateful to have had the unexpected opportunity to see what I did.
- Ideal Itinerary for a Day Trip to Siena (italy.answers.com)
- Beautiful Siena (jennaleigh29.wordpress.com)
- November 29, 2013 – Siena (imlulu5.wordpress.com)