Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Italy Blog #44 Siena Part 4: Sign of the Wolf, Family Name Meaning and a Hidden Bathroom!

In this Italy blog, you'll learn the important meaning of the "Sign of the Wolf and 2 babies" that was all around the city of Siena. We also discovered what my (Rob) mom's maiden name meant!  We'll conclude with a couple of long distance pictures of this amazing city on a hill.

Capitoline Wolf at Siena Duomo. According to a legend Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus.
SIGN OF THE WOLF- Throughout Siena were symbols of a wolf with 2 babies. We were told that it signifies roman origins of a place. Traditional scholarship says the wolf-figure is Etruscan, 5th century BC, with figures of Romulus and Remus added in the 15th century AD. The Capitoline Wolf  is a bronze sculpture of a she-wolf suckling twin human infants, inspired by the legend of the founding of Rome. According to the legend, when Numitor, grandfather of the twins Romulus and Remus, was overthrown by his brother Amulius, the usurper ordered the twins to be cast into the Tiber River. They were rescued by a she-wolf who cared for them until a herdsman, Faustulus, found and raised them.
This sign we saw in a convenient store!

Rob at the hidden bathroom door!
ROB'S MOM'S MAIDEN NAME MEANING FOUND! - My (Rob) mom's maiden name is Tutela. I never knew that it had a meaning until we went into a convenient store in Siena for a bottle of water and saw a sign with "Tutela" on it!
  I asked about it, and was told that "Tutela" means someone that cares for young children.

A HIDDEN BATHROOM!  - We stopped for tea and a snack and had to use the restroom, but couldn't find it, although 2 people pointed to a certain part of the combination cafe/store. It turned out that the Doorway to the restroom was actually a false front and an active shelf with goods for sale on it.
Siena from a distance

NEXT: Visiting the city of Monteriggioni

Maryellen and Tom on a side street

Town hall tower from a distance

Looking out from the top of the hill

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next