Deb couldn't resist getting her picture taken with a wild boar (above), and I couldn't resist taking the picture below:
More amazing views, everywhere we walked:
We then headed to Sienna, where Roberto was born and raised, and where he currently lives (he was born right behind the Cathedral).
We next walked to the home of St. Catherine. Again, we weren't able to take pictures on the inside of the buildings, but I got some great shots walking down to the house. I now know why Siena is referred to as having a "Manhattan skyline" --
It was a beautiful space, and it was humbling to walk in the footsteps of St. Catherine. To be in a city that still captures the essence and feel of.life as it was but yet as it is and can be. Beautiful! Here are some pictures from the area at St. Catherine's home (but not in the buildings) --
We then headed back to the car and on to the Cathedral. The Cathedral in Siena is beautiful, and yes, I could take pictures in there, but first the exterior:
And now some of the interior:
Most of the floors were covered, and parts were exposed to show the great work underneath -- this is to protect the integrity of the floors -- one was more beautiful than the other. On a sad note, the beautiful carved pulpit was covered as it is undergoing restoration, but here is the giant picture of it that is covering the outside of it:
A few more pictures of the inside of the church:
Roberto took us across the plaza to the old hospital -- which was functioning as late as 25 years ago. The frescoes on the walls and ceiling were beautiful! Didn't take pictures though, as this is a museum now, and the lady in the booth was staring at us as Roberto was telling us what this used to be, and when you laid on a gerny and looked up in the ER, what you saw -- BEAUTIFUL! What WAS interesting (and what I took a picture of) was this pilgrim symbol outside the door to this museum:
I thought of Mary Trainor, Kelli Grace Kurtz, Joanna Satorius, Michael Hanley -- all who have made the pilgrimage, and I offered a prayer of thanks for them.
We went back to the townhouse in Florence and had a quiet dinner in a local restaurant -- nothing fancy, but cheap and good. No pictures of that though, sorry.
It was a beautiful day, and I'm so grateful that we were able to go to these places today!
Total steps walked today -- 14,394 steps, 5.54 miles. A good day indeed.