A planned day trip with the entire program was to visit the city of Siena. A historic landmark in Italy’s central Tuscany. Siena is known for its medieval roots and classic architecture, with the biggest example of this being the local Cathedral, which I was able to tour. Now I could sit here and type an essay on the beauty of its craftsmanship, but instead I’ll stick with a few words about my personal journey through this beautiful church.
The exterior and interior are constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with the addition of red marble on the façade. I learned that these colors are symbolic to Siena, linked back to the color of the horses of the legendary city founders. While drawing in this spectacular space with its angelic architectural elements, I was able to use my keen sense of design and fully appreciate the fact that beauty really is in the details.