14.01.2013 - 14.01.2013 7 °C
Yesterday, as you probably know, we spent the day relaxing...or at least two of us did. My dad spent the day working on details for our next few places. He had told Hannah and me to look up a couple possibilities of things to do the next day in Siena, so that is what we did. And today we set out on the trip that Hannah and I had planned.
We got to our parking lot with surprising ease, as the GPS did its job and there were available spots in the underground lot. Then we took a short walk from there to the Piazza del Campo, which is a large area with shops, a fountain and a very large bell tower. The Piazza was in the shape of a semi-circle, and sloped so that when it rained it would all flow easily into a gutter at the bottom. We had intended to climb the 88 metre bell tower, but it was closed due to bad weather...even though it wasn't actually raining at that moment. So we looked back at our directions and went to the second stop, the house of Saint Catherine (Santa Caterina). It wasn't something I really enjoyed, but I'm glad we went because there was more information on her and we were able to get a background story, as she is a large part of lots of things to see in Siena.
Next we went to the Basilica, which was mainly dedicated to Saint Catherine, and we even got to see her head...wrapped in a habit..in a display case with lights... I found that particularly disturbing. After the Basilica we walked to the Duomo. For me this was definitely one of the highlights of the day, and my dad said it was his favourite part. And luckily for us, going inside the cathedral was free. It was so ornate, and probably the most beautiful one we have seen yet. Most of the marble that covered the church and made up the pillars was striped, alternating between black and white marble. Inside there were sculptures of the heads of many popes lining the upper wall, each labelled with its according name. But I'm not sure how many they were able to put tin before they ran out of room. Just as we were heading in the sun had began to shine and we decided to have another try at going up the tower, as it hadn't rained all day. We were lucky, and even though it was expensive we all thought it was worth it for the view...and plus it was the only attraction that had cost us any money. We were even lucky enough to be right beside the giant bell when two o'clock rolled around....I bet you can guess what happened then. But all days must come to an end and we decided that the tower would be a good note to end on so we trudged back down the parking lot and were out of Siena in no time. Personally, I think it was a pretty darn good day... especially taking into account that two teenagers planned it. And I hope that my dad thought so too.