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Sienese Tidbits

December 26, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Dave the WriterIt’s our fa-vorite Italian town at any time of year.

We’ve been there on gorgeous summer days. And, we’ve sipped hot chocolate in our winter duds on the Campo looking out at college kids frolic in the snow as a blizzard rolled in. For us, it’s always perfect any day.

One of our favorite things to do there is find the small, visual treasures in addition to refreshing our appreciation of Siena’s beautiful larger views. Here are a few examples.

The Duomo cathedral is a masterpiece. Back when it was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, they put amazing detail and beauty up where God could appreciate it, far from the easy view of mortals. So, one of my regular amusements during visits is to find a new angle that reveals some of this amazing offering. Hopefully, the image above gets close.

Below is a sturdy iron ring on which to tie your horse’s reins.

There are lots of these in the oldest part of town. But, this one, it seems to me, must be just about the oldest. See how the stone behind is so eroded from rain and a little ice over many hundreds of years. Maybe it was there long before Columbus sailed. That could easily be true.

Then, there’s this ceiling.

I’d passed under it on several visits but it was in shadow and I must have had other things on my mind. One rainy day, I stopped to fiddle with my umbrella or something and chanced to glance up for more than a split-second. Then, I looked closer and saw how lovely it was. A time-exposure or two later, this is what I came away with.

Siena appears to have an almost endless supply of these delightful ‘tidbits’ to be found and appreciated. When you visit, don’t forget to stop on the Campo for some of the best hot chocolate and people-watching ever!

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