A couple of weeks ago I was in Siena trying to find a new pair of Jeans. Never much fun, and even worse if you are trying to find those Jeans in company of a 5 and a 7 year old.
So there I was sweating away in one of Benetton's changing rooms. Sweating because
a) the Jeans didn't fit (obviously) and
b) knowing that my children are on the loose in a store isn't anything that makes me normaly feel very zen.
Every parent knows those disapproving looks from the understandably annoyed shop attendants.
However this time I could have taken my time in that changing room. For once my kids weren't dismantling the store's interior. Quite to the contrary! They were calmly standing in a corner contemplating the ceiling and counting an amazing amount of artfully painted figures and characters.
Benetton Siena has frescoed ceilings most new world museums can only dream of. I had never realized before! To my excuse I may add that in most shops the ceilings aren't really much to look at - they obviously want you to concentrate on other things.
To thank my children for bringing Renaissance art closer to their mom I took them to Grom, their favorite ice cream bar in Siena. No amazing ceilings here but tasty adictive free ice-cream (some also gluten free) and a small children's space in the back.
Via Banchi di Sopra 56/57/58 (the main shopping road on the way to Piazza del Campo) +39 0577 226116
GROM Via Banchi di Sopra 11/13; +39 0577 289303
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