雪3飞whoThere are still many scenic spots in the ancient city, but it’s a pity that we have rushed in time to take a closer look. The following is the reference content, I hope I have the opportunity (when the epidemic is completely over) I can go again:
▪️San Giovanni Baptistery
▪️Cathedral Opera Museum
fooler0809It is generally called the Shell Square, because it is shaped like a shell, one side is flat, and the other is curved and not horizontal. The ground has been going downhill towards the city hall, and there are many people sitting on the ground in the square.
sculptorBuilt between 1215 and 1263, the cathedral is an early Italian building. The exterior and interior of the cathedral are made up of white and dark green marble, alternately striped, and black and white is the symbol color of Siena. A second large-scale expansion of the main body of the cathedral is planned in 1339, but the black death epidemic in 1348 brought work to a halt, and the work never resumed. Now the outer wall of the southern cathedral is visible. Climb one of the walls through narrow stairs to enjoy the city's beauty.
Marie MonnierOne of the most amazing Cathedral I had the chance to visit. There is so much details and attention put in the place you'll never be disappointed. The ceiling is breathtaking and the size of the monument is huge. If you are in Florence you HAVE to walk inside and enjoy this historical place.
ChinaMexGirlBuy your tickets in advance! I heard someone saying they had waited 2 hours before going in! Go early to enjoy viewing everything you can. Definietly worth visiting, and don't forget to take picures of the river while your upstairs, and the dome.
fooler0809The very tall and thin towers seem to be shaking. To climb to the top, you need to line up for a long time, buy tickets in the courtyard downstairs, and then it seems to be 5-8 people at a time, limited time, in order to protect the tower.
The spectacular remains of the ancient Abbey of San Galgano, a fascinating and evocative place that was home to one of the most important monasteries in Tuscany. The noble knight Galgano Guidotti, after giving up his life made up of ease and wealth, took up the Cistercian habit and decided to have a chapel built on Mount Siepi, where in 1180 he chose to die as a hermit.
Subsequently, the Cistercian monks built an oratory and a building in honor of the monk, who became a saint. Thus was born the Abbey of San Galgano, a splendid monastery, considered today one of the most evocative and prestigious examples of Gothic-Cistercian architecture in Italy. In 1300 the abbey was devastated by the troops led by Giovanni Acuto and in 1400 the period of decline began, which then culminated in the decision to abolish the monastic orders.
A short distance from the abbey is the hermitage of Montesiepi, which houses the mystery of 'Excalibur', the sword that San Galgano stuck in the rock when he decided to leave his noble life, to become a hermit. Putting his sword in the stone represented a gesture of peace for Galgano. Just four years after his death, in 1185, Pope Lucius III proclaimed him a saint, while the bishop of Volterra Ugo Saladini ordered that he be buried next to the rock where his sword is still stuck, and that a circular chapel be built over it. .
A visit to the abbey is especially recommended for families, in particular the hermitage of Montesiepi, where the mystery of the sword in the stone, like all mysteries, continues to fascinate children and young people today.