Siena light “aftertaste”
The journey by Italy continued on an emotional increase: after Rome, the Vatican and Pompey, we were waited for by Florence and Venice. But before Florence you could see the famous tower in Pisa (everything is clear here) or visit Siena.
This name was an empty sound for me. Now I do not even remember why I chose her, and not Pisa. Probably, someone advised, and this will surely be reckoned to him in the list of good deeds!
This city has left such a light “aftertaste”, and I also want to talk about it easily, without loading dates, numbers and names. Just share with you what has saved the memory.
At first, the city, despite the obvious love for it by the local guide, seemed peeling and shabby to me. But after 2 hours I saw him completely different …
Siena is the city where time has stopped.
It is divided into areas that are called the names of animals, birds, and even every little thing: from an elephant to a snail. Living houses have been incredibly preserved from the 12th to 13th centuries (the 15th century is already a “remake”), and they are very often decorated with fancy images of symbols.
They live in them for centuries and generations, preserving the traditions of hoary antiquities, and all the inhabitants of the area are one big family. A child was born to someone – the area hangs flags with ribbons: pink – in honor of the girl, blue – in honor of the boy. He is nice and long walks, and the whole city is up to date and condescension, if that. Here is the transfer of information in our technological time!
And I really saw both the flag and the ribbon on the “turtles”, and in the open window I saw a ceiling painting with an “age” crack …
Gradually, skepticism was replaced by respectful interest, and “peeling” became authentic …
Siena does not live like the whole world. And not even like the rest of Italy. She lives from racing to racing. Its magnificent central square, paved with polished time and stone people, was built especially for this. Guests from all over the world come to the annual races to Siena: the intensity of the passions is so great and it captures the spectacle so much!
Horses live and train on the public stable under the same conditions, according to the number of districts of the city. Before the jumps, a passionless lot determines which horse runs for which area. And if the district wins … This is an extravaganza of celebrations and incredible antics for the whole year, which the local municipality (Siena itself is the Republic!) Usually allows.
Our guide “rhino” said that their eternal rival, “the elephant”, after a long-awaited victory at the races, had articulated the right to visit a living symbol. And although it was allowed only for a day, this was enough for a walk around the competitors after the insidiously thought-out menu … The next day, the “rhinos” started with washing the rapids, generously “marked” by an elephant. The addition to the “surprise” was especially offensive: each porch was carefully decorated with a roll of toilet paper … And you can only answer the offender when you win the jumps!
The rest of the time, the space is provided for everyone and for everything. Schoolchildren and students study there even in the cold, sitting on blankets: listen, argue, observe or draw.
In summer, locals and guests are sitting on the sun-heated stones. Seeing the nun join the volleyball players, I reached for the camera, although I didn’t want to move at all! The square has the charisma of a living creature: so it would have sat on it forever, inexpressibly enjoying life ….
Siena remained in the memory of a good and beautiful fairy tale, finally blinding the Gothic beauty of its main church.
Here it is easier for everyone to believe in miracles: both for those who have no doubt about them and those who deny them. This is a wonderful place, and I will be very happy if, after my memories, you go there to get your own …