The Tower of Siena

Siena Nov07 NLF4379sAR800 300x195 The Tower of SienaA victorious tale of claustrophobia overcome.

This is the tower Jim and I climbed the other day — all 400 steps of it. I have to admit, however, that I almost didn’t make it. After the first 15 steps in the tower, squeezed in between medieval walls top, bottom, left, and right, like the filling of a fine Tuscan sausage, the claustrophobia I never knew I had demanded an immediate retreat. I slunk back to the ticket counter and said in a small voice “I can’t do this,” hoping to get my 8 Euro entrance fee back. The ticket person smiled at me kindly. I could tell that he’d been there many times before and encouragingly told me that only the first 20 steps are that tight. OK — I can do this. The stairs did widen (a little) as promised and the view was breathtaking (one of the finest in Italy according to our neighborly travel guru, Rick Steves).

For those of you planning to participate in our photography travel tour  in May who don’t care for the “sausage” experience the least bit (no matter how many or how few steps), a word of consolation: There will be plenty to admire and photograph on the beautiful Campo itself and, if all else fails, there’s always GELATO.

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8 Responses to The Tower of Siena

  1. Janet Luhrs says:

    Italy with you two would be total pleasure, so I say, walk 400 steps down the cute and winding streets for the Gelato!

  2. Paula Bronte says:

    Great story! Anybody who gets to go on this tour with you 2 are blessed! Maybe you can schedule a second tour for all those people who miss out on the first one. Do they have coffee gelato in Italy?

  3. ilse kluge says:

    Seeing those gorgeous photos makes me want to be in Toscany right now!
    I would love to go on a trip with both of you sometimes, having great
    conversations, enjoy culinary delights, and absolute beautiful scenery.
    Enjoy!

  4. Indeed, a phallic symbol to be reckoned with. To gaze at said symbol is one thing, but as a woman to have to traverse the inner sanctum of this over-sized Italian metaphor to all things provocative, is still another. So my hat’s off to you Magrit, you’re 400 steps closer to a healthy perspective of life in Italy! Salute!!!

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  6. Maurice J says:

    Wow! Great Photos Basically Magnificent!

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