Located in the heart of Tuscany and surrounded by hills, is one of the most beautiful medieval cities of Italy.
Heart of the city is the famous Piazza del Campo , the shell-shaped, in which it holds the Palio, one of the most important for all the people of Siena. The Palio of Siena is a passionate horse race that takes place every year in July and August and its origins seem to date back to the seventeenth century.
Siena, according to legend, was founded by Senio, the son of Remus, and in the city there are several statues of the mythical Romulus and Remus suckled by the wolf.
Piazza del Campo is the core of Siena since the time of the Romans, who had their court here.
The square was repaved during the government of the Nine, a semi-democratic group in power between 1287 and 1355 with a divided into nine sections in memory of the Government and symbolizes the mantle of Our Lady which protects the city.
The field is dominated by red Public Palace and its tower, called Torre del Mangia .
The Palazzo Pubblico, as well as the Cathedral of Siena, was built during the government of the Nine, which was the heyday
economic and cultural center of Siena. The building still houses the offices of the City.
From the courtyard of the Palace leads to the Civic Museum and the Torre del Mangia, on top of which, climbed the 500 steps, you can enjoy a splendid view of the city.
In the Museum are kept some of the finest paintings of the Sienese school. The Consistory Hall offers a of the most beautiful works of Domenico Beccafumi, who frescoed ceilings depicting the cycle of public virtue.
In the Hall of the Mappamonto and Hall of Peace (or Hall of the Nine) then there are real masterpieces: the great Majesty and the equestrian portrait of the siege of Montemassi Guidoriccio da Fogliano by Simone Martini and the Allegories of Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, considered one of the greatest series of paintings of the Middle Ages.
Pistoia 15 Km
San Marcello 13 Km
Abetone 27 Km
Firenze 53 Km
Lucca 55 Km
Garfagnana 60 Km
Pisa 75 Km
Siena 110 Km