On Monday we visited Siena and this was the view we had overlooking the city as we walked down steps on our way to the Siena Cathedral.
The Siena Cathedral is a medieval church located in Siena, Italy. It was designed and completed between 1215 and 1263. It’s built in the shape of a Latin cross with a dome and a bell tower.
Let’s go inside…
The floors were as decorative and amazing as the rest of the cathedral.
Unfortunately, the big windows that are often gorgeous stained glass, don’t show up in the photos.
One of the many beautiful frescoes inside the cathedral…
Adjoining the cathedral is the Piccolomini Library. Inside are beautiful frescoes painted by the Umbrian Bernardino di Betto, called Pinturicchio. Also displayed inside are beautiful choir books.
Wikipedia describes it this way:
The frescoes tell the story of the life of Siena’s favourite son, cardinal Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who eventually became Pope Pius II. He was the uncle of cardinal Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini (then archbishop of Siena and the future pope Pius III), who commissioned this library in 1492 as a repository of the books and the manuscript collection of his uncle. The ceiling is covered with painted panels of mythological subjects. They were executed between 1502 and 1503 by Pinturicchio and his assistants.
You’re almost constantly moving as you walk through the library, so I had to snap these pics quickly. The statue in the center of the library is a copy of a famous work called, The Three Graces.
Take a walk with me around this beautiful room attached to the Siena Cathedral.
The ceiling in the library…
The choir books displayed around the room…
I’m running out the door for a tour of the Etruscan Museum and we’re visiting Cortona today. Hope we get to see the home in Under the Tuscan Sun. If we do, I’ll take lots of pics to share.
See you soon! Ciao!