“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Journal: Italy 2013 – Siena

On Friday we drove about an hour and a half to Siena.  It was raining when we left the villa, then it cleared up, but after we had been in Siena about an hour, it poured!  Arn and I had just started toward the piazza from the duomo to meet the Fullers when the sky opened up. Fortunately, we were just steps away from a gelaterio so we ducked in there and had a gelato. Once the rain slacked a bit, we hooked up with the Fullers in the piazza. Since everyone was soaked and cold, we had to call it a day. 

Alisa and Arn at the Fonte Gaia 

Even in the very short time we were there, we appreciated the beauty of Siena. The gates into the city are magnificent and there are wonderful shops and, as usual, works of art everywhere.

Siena Gates      A well

Piazza del Campo

The Piazza del Campo is one of the most beautiful in all of Italy (and huge, covering easily four city blocks), and the Santa Maria Assunta cathedral is really impressive. Construction on it was started in 1215 and it opened in 1263. It is in the shape of a Latin cross and the interior and exterior are decorated in alternating stripes of white and greenish black marble.  The floor is decorated with mosaics of various types, each scene telling a scriptural story. One scene depicts Matteo di Giovanni’s Massacre of the Innocents – breathtaking. Once again, my photos can’t do it justice, but may give you some idea of the beauty.

Santa Maria Assunta


Friday night, we fix pasta with seafood in a red sauce for dinner, accompanied, of course, by wine. 

On Saturday morning, the Fullers departed for a final night in Rome before going back to the States. It was such a great vacation with them and we know we will really miss their company. 

Before they left, we looked at another villa owned to see if we might want to rent it next time we are here.  And then, it’s laundry day for me, as I have pretty much run out of clothes. Even here there are mundane things to do. 

The remainder of Saturday was a delicious “down day”. Laundry takes forever and most is hung on the outside clothes line to dry. Otherwise, we worked on photos we have taken and just generally relaxed. It was such a great day in the wonderful setting of our villa!