Siena (part two): the Magnificent Cathedral – a Head-Bowing Experience

Siena´s Gothic Cathedral

First impressions matter, and buying a ticket naturally comes before seeing the attraction. At the gothic cathedral in Siena the ticket boots are ridiculously low, and if you want to buy a ticket you must bow your head down and order it through a little hole. Whoever designed this ticket boot did a terrible job! Unless, off course, the point actually was to set the mood for the head-bowing experience … Continue reading

Siena (part one): Rooftops and the Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo in Siena

I have wanted to visit the great Piazza del Campo in Siena since I learned about it in architectural history class at the University. Its fishbone patterned floor was established when Siena had its golden age in the Middle Ages (like so many of the Tuscan towns). The promenade along the edge with coffeshops and restaurants contributes positively to the atmosphere of the place. Its unique fan-shape is defined by … Continue reading

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