Today I had the pleasure of visiting Siena which is about an hour away from Florence and it was amazing!! Whatever you picture in your mind Italy to be, Siena is IT! I don't even know where to start but here are some pictures... I took 200 pictures in 1 day! So it was hard to narrow down...
when there are no more monks left, this will probably be converted into a university.
notice the person standing on the right... this thing was huge!
This church was built in the 13th century,
but after the death of Saint Catherine a chapel was added within the church to house her relic:
specifically, her head!!
sienna is a very hilly town with narrow streets.
the architecture of the buildings is beautiful!!
very well maintained city, everything looks like it was just cleaned!
and unlike florence, sienna has FRESH AIR....
entering the center of the city,
this is where the legendary horse races have been held for hundreds of years and are still held today. each of the 12 neighborhoods of sienna is represented by an animal,
and each of them get to put a horse in the race each year....
this is the chapel built on/around the birthplace of St. Catherine.
her story is incredible.... look her up!
she definitely was one of the first feminist and way before her time!!
the duomo of siena!!
no where near the size of the Florence cathedral, but unbelieveably gorgeous.
unfortunately we didn't have time to go in but I heard its quite beautiful inside as well.
unfortunately the cupola (dome) was covered due to construction or cleaning... but the rest was stunning!!!
this is my academic director's daughter Tori, she's 7.
(chris is a guy in my program too)
she was too adorable and spent the whole day with us....
at lunch, when everybody else was drinking wine with our food, as they do with every meal in Italy.... she was like, "hey where's mine??" when glasses will be filled!!
that's not strange here in europe but it still was a trip to see a 7 year old drinking wine lol
Anyway, I can't say enough about Sienna... it was so much more than I expected and I didn't even show you guys all that we did in the short 4 hours we were there. I hope to go back before I leave Italy! I also went to San Gimignano today, but I have to put those pictures in another post tomorrow.... it was magical!!! haha
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