Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Fonte Nuova d'Ovile
Pigeons drinking from the spigot. A note on Sienese pigeons: they are the worst. Similar to squirrels in Charlottesville, they are not afraid of getting in your personal space.
A rare sight in Siena...vegetation!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
One of the many performers in Piazza Maggiore.
Food capital of Italy - stuffed pasta with radicchio and gorgonzola and deliciousness.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
View of Siena and the Duomo from the fortezza.
View of the surrounding countryside.
The man sitting down on the very left is Lino, who's holding Cosimo of course. Stella in the red sweater; there's Marta, Natascia's 10 year old daughter, and a very blurry Natascia hugging an equally blurry 17-year old Gabriello, Lino's second son - Francesco's half-brother.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
It quickly became the single most interesting day of my life. Seriously. The art itself, the history, the stories, everything my professor said that day just completely captivated me. She's also one of the best professors I've had, she's SO enthusiastic about her work (and expresses it in weird, quirky ways, like stamping her foot and pulling her own hair) and seems to know just about everything about everything. She also snorts when she laughs. She's the greatest.
An illegal picture of Donatello's David, with our professor :)
A brisk walk later, (and much contemplation over how our professor manages to successfully ride her bike with a puffy jacket down to her knees on) we were at our next destination, the Bargello, an old prison turned art museum. Here, we stood witness to Donatello's David, his androgynous and ironic Bronze David, and his statue of St. George. Then, we "popped down" to see Michelangelo's Bacchus, a sculpture of a realistically drunken god of wine he created at the old age of 21 (oh wait, how old am I?).
Our class had read all about and looked at pictures of these famous works the week prior to the trip, but to see them in person a foot away from my face was an experience like none other. That was actually like looking back into time.
The courtyard of the Bargello.
Side Note: Just took a two hour long break in writing this post to have dinner with the entire family, Stella, Leno, Francesco, Natasha and Cosimo. It was the epitome of classic Italian family dinner...loud and chaotic, and Faith and I were along for the ride. We loved it.
This person wasn't the greatest picture taker, but I promise the Duomo is behind us...
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
When Faith and I found out morning classes were cancelled, playtime in the Campo commenced. We met up with Evan and threw snowballs and built stuff till my toes and fingers felt like they had frostbite. Who knew snowdays are still this fun in college? :)