The gold-gilded, triangular-shaped façade of the Duomo di Siena is extraordinary in its magnificence. The duomo, like many Tuscan cathedrals, is constructed of layers of alternating courses of dark and light marble and is replete with marble statues, mosaics, frescoes, and paintings. Further, there is a magnificently ornate inlaid marble floor throughout most of the cathedral. That exceptional floor can only be seen occasionally, however, as it is often safeguarded from the ravages of tourists by protective wooden planks. My wife and I were fortunate to be able to see large parts of the floor when we were there; it is hard to imagine how the artisans of the past were able to produce such meticulous beauty with unsophisticated implements. The Duomo di Siena is so phenomenally gorgeous that it’s worth the trip even if the floor is covered.
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