A day at Siena. Located in the heart of Tuscany, about 90 km from Castiglione della Pescaia, Siena is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Italy.
di Baia Azzurra
Located in the heart of Tuscany, about 90 km from Castiglione della Pescaia, Siena is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Italy.
Few geographic areas in the world boast an environment like the one around Siena. In the north you can admire the luxuriant Chianti landscape, with its hills and olive groves; to the south the Arbia Valley leading to Montalcino where the famous Brunello is produced and going west, you approach the sea and the Maremma Nature Reserve.
According to the legend, Siena was founded by the two sons of Remo, Ascanio and Senio, who, to escape the anger of Uncle Romulus, fled from Rome, carrying with them the Capitoline wolf which, still today, is the symbol of Siena.
The city is known for its rich historical, artistic and cultural heritage and its historic centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Siena is also a city full of strong traditions, mainly linked to the districts and the famous Palio, which takes place at the beginning of July and in mid-August and, indisputable symbol of the city’s history, is considered the most famous and ancient palio of Italy.
The heart of the city is without shadow of doubt the famous Piazza del Campo which, with its unusual shell shape and the wonderful works of art surrounding it, is one of the most fascinating of Italian squares. The square is located at the point where the three hills the city stands on are joined and the three main city streets branch off from here.
In Piazza del Campo you can see the Town Hall, home of the Civic Museum, and the Mangia Tower from which you can admire one of the most beautiful views of the city.
From Piazza del Campo it is worth going to Piazza del Duomo where, in addition to the Duomo, you can visit the Crypt and the Piccolomini bookshop.
In just one day in Siena you will not be able to visit everything, but it is certainly pleasant to walk through its typical streets, surrounded by the colours and coats of arms of the different districts, and to enjoy the wealth of gourmet delights.