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Culture of Siena. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Wasp The most recognizable symbol of Siena is its beautiful cathedral. Construction of the church has begun in 1179 and lasted for several hundred years. The Cathedral impresses with its elegant architectural style and luxurious interiors. On the roof of the cathedral you can see the statues of saints; locals believe that they protect the city from all hardships. The interior of the cathedral features an abundance of ancient elements, including mosaics, ornaments and sacred relics.
1. Travelers who plan to rent a car have to consider that there is a shortage of free parking spaces in the city. Some of the best car parks are located near Fortezza Medicea and next to the … Open
One of the oldest buildings in Europe - the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala – is situated in the city. It was founded in the 9th century, and more than a hundred years it served as a refuge for monks. In the 10th century the building was officially reformed into a hospital for orphans, lonely old people and pilgrims. Today, the historic building is home to the Archaeological Museum. The museum's collection includes thousands of priceless artifacts and is regularly updated since many scientists are working in the city.
In the center of city there is the Campo Square, the starting point for many sightseeing tours. The design of the square is very unusual; some interesting explanations about it would wait for travelers in the tour. One of the most unusual architectural monuments of the town is the Torre del Mangia, whose age is more than five hundred years. The central part of the tower is made of brick and jagged pace is constructed of a brittle limestone. Contemporary architects consider the project of the tower just fantastic and don’t cease to surprise with the endurance of this fragile structure. Copyright
Siena is a medieval city that carefully keeps the traditions of ancient times. It is situated on three hills. This fact creates the impression that Siena is divided into three small towns. … Open
Among other outstanding monuments of architecture Palace Publico points out; now it houses the city administration. The palace was built in the second half of the 13th century. During its long history, it has repeatedly changed its appearance. The modern building features an amazing combination of different architectural styles; on the facade of the building you can see a lot of interesting and emblematic adornments.
The Cathedral of Siena The part of the palace hosts the Museo Civico, which would appeal to art lovers. Among its exhibits there are beautiful paintings, sculptures and frescoes made ​​by local craftsmen. The age of many of the exhibits is over four hundred years, so the tour is sure to be interesting and informative.
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Siena
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Pubblico' Siena, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo del Popolo' , 35.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Pitti' , 50.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Uffizi' , 50.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Vecchio' , 50.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Borghese' , 51 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Corsini' , 51.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Siena and around
♥   Art museum 'Museo Civico inside Palazzo Pubblico' Siena, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Pinacoteca Nazionale' Siena, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo dell Opera Metropolitana del Duomo' Siena, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo archeologico nazionale di Siena' Siena, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Siena
♥   Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Siena, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cateriniana di S. Domenico, Siena, 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Agata, Asciano, 19.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Concattedrale di Ss. Marziale e Alberto, Colle di Val d’Elsa, 22 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Chiusure, 22.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Francesco d’Assisi (S. Lucchese), Poggibonsi, 22.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica S. Maria Assunta, San Gimignano, 30 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Siena and near


From the series “Monochromatic Cities - Stunning Views”
The main value of the city is the historical monuments. Right in the centre of Siena has placed the historical Piazza del Campo. Near you can see the wonderful Palazzo Pubblico. It’s an outstanding example of the Gothic architecture of the 13th century. Today some parts of the old palace are turned into a museum where you can find the collection of artefacts and ancient sculptures. One of the most beautiful architectural monuments is the Siena Cathedral. It has placed on the Piazza del Duomo, the highest place of the city. … Read further

Old Town of San Gimignano

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
So, the well-off locals tried to underline their crucial finance and social status. That’s why it was spent a lot of money for the building. According to the historical data, in the Medieval time, there were built about 60 towers but only 14 were saved until today. Torre Grossa is the tallest tower in San Gimignano, with 54 meters high. Torre del Diavolo is the most mysterious, twin towers Torri Dei Salvucci are the most beautiful. … Read further
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