Photo diary: a day in Siena, 10/11/11

October 25, 2011

the Duomo in Siena is one of the most spectacular churches in Italy

this was Andy's first visit to Siena, and he was understandably dazzled by the Duomo

the white, green, and red polychrome marble facade is modest compared to the density of artwork inside

everywhere you look

the first time I visited the Libreria Piccolomini, I was mesmerized by the enormous meticulous beautiful illuminated manuscripts

this time I took in the extraordinary frescoes on the walls and ceilings

the last time I was in Siena, four years ago, the crypt had only recently been discovered -- fantastically vivid murals whose colors had not been exposed or seen in centuries were just beginning to peek through. Now much more of the room has been excavated, the frescoes restored

also since the last time I was here, they've opened a walkway along the top of the arch of what was intended to be the Nuovo Duomo

we had to wait in line for half an hour to go up, but it was worth it for the panoramic view

3 Responses to “Photo diary: a day in Siena, 10/11/11”

  1. Steve V. Says:

    Che bellissime foto!

  2. Amy Says:

    Beautiful photos Don. You probably know that the city is divided into neighborhoods all w/ symbolic representation. I particularly liked spotting the snails in their neighborhood – geese were flying the flags when we were there this summer having just won the first palio.

    • dshewey Says:

      Thanks, Amy! Yes, and even though the Palio had come and gone this year, we saw some boys being drilled by their father on the fine points of flagging.


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