Inscription on the Entrance of a Villa in Siena of Yore


siena, italy

Siena, Italy
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Joseph Massarette’s book La Vie Martiale et Fastueuse de Pierre-Ernest de Mansfeld (1517-1604), which was published in 1930, told of a whimsical inscription on the entrance of a villa in Siena, Italy during the sixteenth century:

Quisquis huc accedis,
Quod tibi horrendum videtur,
Mihi amœnum est,
Si delectat manaes,
Si tædet abaes,
Utrumque gratum.

This can be roughly translated to:

Whoever enters here, remember that whatever may seem bizarre to you is pleasant to me. If you are delighted, you can stay; if you are displeased, you may depart —either will be all right to me.

(Note: I apologize if the translation is not good enough. While I can understand Latin, I’m not a skilled translator.)

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9 thoughts on “Inscription on the Entrance of a Villa in Siena of Yore

  1. Makes me wonder what could have been so bizarre in that Villa, right. I don’t know latin, but I understood your translation PERFECTLY!
    You are all over the world today… first in Indiana and now in Siena. 🙂


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