Una città da Amare


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A wonderful city that is the home of some of the most precious medieval art and architectural treasures. Siena offers a never-ending number of cultural sights and interests for travelers

  • Otra ciudad maravillosa de Italia, y tiene muchas. Lo que me gusta de estas ciudades es que no han perdido el estilo renacentista, son maravillosas. También es cierto que al conservarlas tan maravillosamente, obtienen una buena recaudación, Me ha encantado la presentación, preciosa. Gracias, Pilar
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  • Thank you Andonia, YES, a wonderful place!
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  • Lovely city, beautiful presentation! Thank you!
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  • Songs are not written but they are born by themselves
  • they represent the things that happen everyday around us
  • songs, it's enough to catch them there is one also for you
  • that have also difficulty in living and you never smile.
  • songs are gipsy and steal poetry they are deceptions like the so called "happiness pills"
  • songs never cure love or illness but that little pain that give us the certainty we exist
  • it will pass, it will pass if a boy and a guitar are there like you, in the city
  • looking at this life which does not work that kills us with illusions and with the age of songs
  • it will pass over us we'll go to the bank sooner or later with our "why" and "who knows"
  • and the anxiety of an extreme poverty talking about the lovers you don't have singing a song that you don't know because you lost it inside
  • and you remember only it will pass...
  • in a world of cars and high speed for the ones who arrive always last for the ones who say good bye
  • for the ones who bump against the obstacles of diversity songs are fireflies that sing in the dark
  • it will pass sooner or later this little pain inside of you inside of me, inside of us that make us feel like sailors at the mercy of wind and nostalgia singing a song that you don't know but that little pain
  • be it hate or be it love it will pass, pass, pass even if you'll sing just "la la la" it will pass, it will pass and a song will be useful for something if your little pain be it hate or be it love ...will pass
  • Charles V, after visiting the Sienese "bottini", is supposed to have exclaimed that Siena was two cities in one, each as beautiful as the other, the first underground, the second above. Water was conveyed to Piazza del Campo through a master-conduit, most likely first utilized around 1342. "The Sienese saluted the event with great rejoicing", wherefore the fountain, appropriately named Fonte Gaia (Joyous Fountain), was built the following year (1343). The XIV century Fonte Gaia, about which we have practically no information, was replaced in 1419 by Jacopo della Quercia's and then by Tito Sarrocchi's free adaptation of it in 1858. The two statues of Rhea Silvia and Acca Larentis, That Jacopo had placed at each end of his fountain, were omitted from Sarrocchi's copy. The original sculptures by Jacopo della Quercia are now in a room in the old Ospedale di St. Maria della Scala that overlooks Piazza Duomo. Although its present state is decidedly lamentable, Jacopo's Fonte Gaia is still one of the most important sculptures produced in XV century Italy during the transition from the Gothic to the Renaissance styles. The Madonna and Child, a symbol taken from Lorenzetti's Allegory of Good Government, is flanked by two angels, the Theological and Cardinal Virtues and by Justice.
  • - Piazza del Campo - The history of Siena has been made on the Piazza del Campo, or better, 'il Campo', as the Sienese call it. Here the Sienese organised their spectacular and terrible 'games', later replaced by the Palio, where they celebrated and played games of risk (il Campo was the only place where the games were allowed). The market also used to take place here. Il Campo has witnessed the passage of memorable characters in the history of Siena: Santa Caterina, the mystic saint deeply linked to the image of Siena, and also artists such as Simone Martini or Jacopo della Quercia. Piazza del Campo is a unique place in the whole of the world, starting with the very particular conformation of the ground, which turns the square into a big concave shell. The paving is made of red bricks arranged in fishbone style, divided into a sunburst pattern by nine strips of travertine (in memory of the Government of the Nine, who ruled over the city from 1292 to 1355). The white marble of the Fonte Gaia stands out on the paving, it is the masterpiece of 1419 by Jacopo della Quercia, later replaced by a copy.
  • . There is also the Palazzo Comunale (town hall), unusually built on the lowest part of the square, and also the tall, slender Torre del Mangia that stands out against the sky (it reaches 102 metres including the lightning conductor). At the base of the Palazzo is the Chapel of the Virgin, or Chapel of the Square, constructed and voted for by the Sienese, after the end of the terrible plague of 1348. And surrounding the chapel are the elegant façades of the Palazzi Signorili, belonging to the wealthiest of families: the Sansedoni, the Piccolomini, and the Saracini. The piazza took shape at the end of the 1200s, on a space that was for a long time used for fairs and markets and was situated at a crossroad of important streets. When it was built (the flooring dates back to the 1300s, it managed to hold the entire population of Siena, who gathered here to attend events, tournaments, and buffalo and bull races. Piazza del Campo has hosted almost all the important events in the history of the city, from the time of the Republic up until the Medici period, during which Siena come under the control of Firenze di Cosimo I de'Medici.
  • Una città da Amare

    1. 1. Siena Una città da Amare
    2. 2. Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy, the capital of the province of Siena. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions. Piazza del Duomo Piazza del Campo
    3. 3. Siena retains a ward-centric culture from medieval times. Each ward (contrada) is represented by an animal or mascot, and has its own boundary and distinct identity. Ward rivalries are most rampant during the annual horse race (Palio) in the Piazza del Campo The  Contrada of the Ram "Valdimontone“ Motto : "Under my blow, the great wall crumbles" Significance: Perseverance Pantera
    4. 4. The Basilica of San Domenico, also known as Basilica Cateriniana, begun in 1226-1265, but was enlarged in the 14th century, contains several relics of St. Catherine of Siena, whose family house is nearby
    5. 6. Saint Catherine of Siena (1347- 1380) from Dominican Order, was and a Scholastic philosopher and theologian. She also worked to bring the papacy of Gregory XI back to Rome from its displacement in France, and to establish peace among the Italian city-states. She was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970.
    6. 7. Saint Catherine of Siena is one of the two patron saints of Italy, together with Francis of Assisi. Image Internet
    7. 8. The House of St. Catherine of Siena is in Fontebranda, the area in the heart of the Contrada dell'Oca, who owes its name to the most famous fountain in Siena, but is better known as the place of birth of Saint Catherine, the famous Sienese mystic who died in 1380, was canonised in 1461, and named doctor of the church in 1970. Contrada dell'Oca Patron Saint and Feast Day: St Catherine of Siena, 29 April. The Contrada celebrates her during the month of May
    8. 9. Labelled 'the mystic of politics', Saint Catherine fought corruption in the church, and managed to convince the pope, who was seated in Avignon, to restore the papal seat to Rome. Her letters or 'epistolorio' are famous for being charged with passion and religious fervour, in which she addresses the pope and the rulers of half of Europe.
    9. 12. Her house of birth, bought by the Council of Siena in 1466, was transformed into a real sanctuary, where precious works are kept, as well as records of the saint.
    10. 13. The portico through which one enters the house today, was built in 1941, while the well in the travertine is original (end of the 1400s, beginning of the 1500s).
    11. 14. The head of the Saint is kept on the altar in the Chapel of Saint Catherine, inside the Basilica of San Domenico.
    12. 18. Chiesa Santa Petronilla, Viale Cavour Via di Poggio, il “portone” di Duomo
    13. 20. Battistero di San Giovanni
    14. 21. Battistero di San Giovanni called also Pieve di San Giovanni, located on the side of the Duomo down the stairs, houses some of the very finest works of art in Siena.
    15. 22. Basilica di San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi
    16. 23. Piazza Matteoti
    17. 24. The current Piazza dei Salimbeni (Salimbeni Square) is the result of heavy restoration carried out at the end of the 800s by the architect Giuseppe Partini, that altered its general image, building on and adding new structures, in the neo-gothic style of the time.
    18. 25. At the back of the square, the ninth century façade (by Partini) of the Salimberi Fortress stands out, one of the most imposing, complex and strengthened fortresses of medieval Siena
    19. 26. Home of the great Salimbeni family until they were hunted from Siena and their possessions confiscated (in 1419), the fortress passed to the Council and finally, in 1866, it was sold to Monte dei Paschi. The fortress hosts a notable collection of works of art, that is widening thanks to the same Monte dei Paschi
    20. 27. At the centre of the square is the monument to Sallustio Bandini, the work of Tito Sarrochi, in 1880.
    21. 28. Sallustio Antonio Bandini (1677 –1760) was the founder of the Library of Siena, the Biblioteca Comunale
    22. 29. To the right of the Palazzo Salimbeni is the Palazzo Spannocchi, built by Ambrogio Spannocchi, Treasurer to Pope Pius II; the architect was Giuliano da Maiano. This elegant Renaissance building is fronted by loggias of 1880 by Giuseppe Partini .
    23. 30. via Banchi di Sopra
    24. 31. Piazza Tolomei, at the centre of which is a column with the famous Sienese Wolf (1610), is dominated by the splendid Palazzo Tolomei. Image Internet
    25. 33. On the opposite side of the square the neo-classical façade of the church of Saint Christopher stands out. The church is among the oldest in Siena, and between the twelfth and thirteenth century was the seat of the great Council of the Republic, the Council of the Bell.
    26. 34. The church was notably damaged by the earthquake of 1798. The cloister annex, probably from the beginning of the 1200s, was also heavily altered during the restoration of 1921.
    27. 35. church of Saint Christopher
    28. 39. Piazza del Campo is really the heart and soul of the city, where everything happened and continues to happen
    29. 40. The piazza took shape at the end of the 1200s, on a space that was for a long time used for fairs and markets and was situated at a crossroad of important streets.
    30. 42. Sound : Il Divo Amazing Grace Passera Text: Internet Pictures : Daniela Iacob Arangement : Sanda Foişoreanu