Classic Tuscany Tour
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Siena, is a magnificent city of art with characteristic alleys, wards and towers, craft shops and buildings that make it a must for Italian and foreign tourists. Moving in Siena and soak in the atmosphere of these places is a magical adventure, a journey through many landscapes, from dense woodland to old farms, from clay hills to stupendous paths.
The territory also keeps numerous testimonies of the medieval epoch fate along the” Via Francigena”, the great journey of pilgrimage to Rome that crossed Val d’Elsa, the city of Siena and the Val d’Orcia. And along these campaigns can be seen as the charming abbeys of Sant’Antimo, Romanesque churches and quaint villages such as San Quirico d’Orcia or San Gimignano, which still retain their original appearance.
Hub of the city is the famous Piazza del Campo, the shell-shaped, where the famous Palio is held, one of the most important events for all Siena. The “Palio di 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, 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 nucleus of Siena since the time of the Romans, who had their court here.
The square was repaved during the Government of Nine, a semi-democratic group in power between 1287 and 1355, with a division into nine sections in memory of the Government and symbolizes the cloak of the Virgin that protects the city.
The court is dominated by the red Public Palace and its tower, called “Torre del Mangia”. The Public Palace, as well as the Cathedral of Siena, was built during the government of the Nine, which was the greatest economic and cultural splendor of Siena. The building still houses the offices of the Municipality, like the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The inner courtyard of the Palace leads to the Municipal Museum and the Torre del Mangia, on top of which, climbed the 500 steps, you can enjoy a splendid view of the city.