Siena is a fascinating city, rich in art, architecture, monuments and museums. Known for its characteristic narrow streets and dead-ends, Siena’s traditions, first and foremost being the Palio, and its typical cake Panforte, are famous throughout the world. Siena is home to the University and the area where Sienese Chianti is produced. It contains many precious works of art by great masters including Donatello, Pinturicchio, Beccafumi, Federico Zuccari, Jacopo della Quercia and many others.
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Must-sees include the cathedral (il Duomo), the Torre del Mangia, the Campo (Siena’s main square), l’Ospedale della Scala, Palazzo Pubblico and the many churches.
The province is filled with many wonderful places to visit, such as San Gimignano, famous for its beautiful towers, rich history and art, and lush green surroundings. Montepulciano, surrounded by a 16th century wall, is known for its impressive Renaissance buildings and its “noble wine.” On a hill 567 meters above sea level is Montalcino, the home of Brunello, one of the most famous red wines in the world. Don’t miss Monteriggioni where time seems to stand still. Its castle was built in 1213 and its surrounding walls stretch about 570 meters, with 14 towers and 2 entrances.
Siena is busy throughout the year preparing for the Palio, a major event organized by the city council. The Palio takes place twice a year, July 2nd (Palio di Provenzano) and August 16th (Palio dell’Assunta). It is an extremely competitive and exciting horse race. Each “contrada”, or district of Siena is assigned a horse and after 3 days of trials, during which time the jockeys become familiar with their horses, the main race, the Palio, takes place. It consists of 3 laps around the square, Piazza del Campo, on a racetrack of tufa. The winner is the contrada whose horse arrives first at the finish line, with or without jockey.