Although many to most young people in Italy don’t identify as particularly Catholic or religious in general, one of the funny little cultural details that I discovered while living there was that almosteveryone celebrates a second birthday of sorts: the saint’s day for their namesake saint.
So on April 25th, for example, anyone named “Marco” will see their facebook page explode with congratulations: “Tanti auguri!!!” “Buon onomastico!”
While I am not Catholic, and don’t celebrate my saint’s day, when I was visiting the medieval Italian city of Siena I thought I would get into the spirit a little bit by making a visit to the church of their patron saint, Santa Caterina.
It is found towards one edge of the city, down one of the town’s many sloping hills, and is host not only to lovely little chapels and art, but also gorgeous views out into the Tuscan countryside.