Tuscany was all we'd hoped for, a feast for the eyes. The architecture was fascinating, from opulent cathedrals to austere monasteries. We marvelled at the breathtaking vistas and rolling landscapes of vineyards and olive groves. There were also signs and shop displays that ranged from the tantalizing to the humorous. I've included only those we rated as most impressive. Enjoy the tour!
The Cathedral of Siena (Italian: Duomo di Siena), dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church and now to Santa Maria Assunta (Most Holy Mary of Assumption), is a medieval church in Siena, central Italy. The nave is separated from the two aisles by semicircular arches. The exterior and interior are constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with addition of red marble on the façade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena, etiologically linked to black and white horses of the legendary city's founders, Senius and Aschius.
Assisi Cathedral (Italian: Cattedrale di Assisi or Cattedrale di San Rufino di Assisi), dedicated to San Rufino (Rufinus of Assisi) is a major church in Assisi, Italy, that has been important in the history of the Franciscan order. In this church Saint Francis of Assisi (1182), Saint Clare (1193) and many of their original disciples were baptised.
Finally, above I can be seen 'getting the boot' from Tuscany. Actually it was a shoe store which advertised its wares on the street, but coloured them a disgusting yellow shade to attract attention and perhaps avoid theft - very clever, but maybe might put off potential buyers not aware of this plot!
On the 28th of October we drove to Florence (population 364,000) where we stayed one night then scrambled our way to the airport the following day to fly back to Ottawa. To view our brief, but very interesting visit, just click on the Florence coat-of-arms below.
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