AT Europe: Siena, Italy -- This Is Why They Call It Sienna

AT Europe: Siena, Italy -- This Is Why They Call It Sienna

Kristin Hohenadel
Aug 29, 2007

If you remember nothing else after a visit to the Tuscan town of Siena, you remember the color...

Historically made from a pigment derived from clay earth near its namesake city, sienna in its raw mustardy brownish-yellow or burnt reddish-brown orange state is the color of choice in this heavily touristed city, with its many brick buildings and medieval Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful public squares on earth.

Like salmon-colored Marrakesh, the single tone has a mesmerizing effect, by turns soothing and mildly claustrophobic. Like gray Paris, Siena's identity is linked with a dominant hue that gives it a singular character, offering a lesson in the effects of making bold color choices.

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com

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