According to this italian saying “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi” (Christmas with your parents, Easter with whoever you want), here in Italy people spend Christmas with their families and then Easter is dedicated to their friends.
So today I wanna share my Easter daytrip to Siena and Orvieto. We took a bus from Rome and we arrived at the destination around 11 am.
Siena is a city located in the heart of Tuscany. The centre of this little city has been declared by Unesco a World Heritage Site.
A day is obviously not enough to experience the city in all of its sides, but is surely enough to enjoy the main attractions of this medieval town.
The first thing we visited was the Cathedral (Duomo). This big church is a masterpiece of italian romanesque-gotic architecture, it was completed between 1215 and 1263 and its façade is considered as one of the most fascinating in Italy and is enriched by works of huge artists like Donatello and Michelangelo.
After a quick visit inside the Cathedral, we headed to Piazza del Campo and I was totally surprised by its unicity. It is a shell shaped plaza that has brick pavement. Piazza del Campo hosts, twice a year, the famous Palio di Siena (horse race of Siena). Among the buildings overlooking Piazza del Campo, you will see Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) and Torre del Mangia that with its 102m is one of the tallest medieval towers.
In front of Torre del Mangia you can find the monumental fountain called Fonte Gaia, the term Gaia refers to the latin term “bride” so it was dedicated to the bride of God and patron of Siena, the Virgin Mary. It was built in 1419 and its white marble was designed by Jacopo Della Quercia.
After Siena, we had a super short visit to Orvieto, a small town in Umbria. The site of Orvieto was once an Etruscan acropolis and now sits perched on a volcanic plug.
We visited the Cathedral which is situated in a dominating position. The construction of this church lasted almost three centuries and its style is mainly Romanesque-Gotic and it’s very similar (almost equal) to Siena’s Cathedral.
After visiting the Duomo, we literally got lost and we wasted our time so we weren’t able to visit anything else, but of course I didn’t miss the opportunity of posing for a picture!
I really enjoyed this getaway visiting something different (veeeery different) to Rome, I love my city but sometimes it’s good to leave the noise and rush of it, to breathe some fresh air.