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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. This is partially true, because for convenience Siena was divided into three thirds, which are divided into seventeen autonomous regions in their turn. These regions are named Conrad, and each of them has retained its emblem and flag since the ancient time.
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 … Open
The inhabitants of Siena have particular respect towards the traditions of the past days. Only this fact has helped to preserve its original ancient gothic style. The main square and one of the most famous places of the city is Piazza Campo. Two times a year the square becomes the battlefield for competitions among the residents of all Conrads. Only ten representatives from each of the thirds are allowed to participate. The competition is done in the horse race form. This is a truly impressive and exciting event.
In addition to the lively atmosphere of squares and streets, this city offers tourists, visitors from neighboring places and its residents numerous cultural events, theater performances, cinemas, concerts and a wide range of sporting activities. In order to explore the city in its full, you will need to spend at least a few days here. Tourists are recommended to visit the oldest European University located in Siena, Siena Cathedral (Duomo), Torre del Mangia Tower, Santa Maria della Scala Hospital, which now is the location of an archaeological museum. You may also prefer to see National Museum of Antarctica, Paleontological Museum, botanical gardens of Siena and Natural History Museum with a large collection of stuffed animals and birds living either in Tuscany or throughout Italy. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Entertainment that can be offered by Siena to its guests is no less diverse than the cultural program. Those who are fond of outdoor activities should definitely visit La Foce Garden. … Open
The main decoration of Piazza del Campo is the Fountain of Joy. It was designed in 1419. The fountain resembles a huge pool, decorated with beautiful sculptures. Some finishing elements maintain their original look since its opening. All sculptural compositions are valuable museum pieces. They form an important part of Palazzo Pubblico Museum exposition. Actually, not originals but copies have been installed in the niches.
Piccolomini library is situated on the territory of the main cathedral of Siena. It attracts travelers not only with a rich collection of ancient books but with a unique design. Halls of the library keep unique frescoes of the 16th century. The library itself is decorated with original Roman sculptures of the 4th century. It was formed in 1492. Many books constitute unique museum exhibits.
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
No less excellent historical monument is the House of St. Catherine. In the 14th century, there lived Saint Catherine of Siena - a famous writer and an outstanding figure in politics and religion. In the 15th century, she was nominated for sainthood. In the 19th century, Catherine was recognized as one of the main patrons of Italy. The ancient house was built in the 14th century. Several hundred years ago, a sanctuary was organized there. Now, it is visited by pilgrims from all over the world.
A tour of the ancient palace of Kiji-Sarachini promises to be really interesting. The palace was erected in the 12th century for the noble Mariscotti family. For hundreds of years of existence, it changed many famous owners. Count Kiji-Sarachini was the last one. The historic building was named after him. In 1932, a musical academy was opened within its walls on instructions from the count. Later, it became one of the most famous in the world.
Siena is an attractive city with a medieval atmosphere. It is famous for its interesting culinary traditions. The main feature of the local cuisine is an abundance of sweets, as city … Open
An ancient Fontebranda fountain is a unique landmark in its way. In prehistoric times, a source of fresh water was discovered in its place. Local residents made a large fountain that supplied the city with water afterwards. The pavilion that travelers can see today, was built in the 13th century. Its exterior hasn't changed for hundreds of years of its existence.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Siena
♥   Castle 'Castello delle Quattro Torri' Siena, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Belcaro' Siena, 4.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello Monteriggioni' Monteriggioni, 14.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Meleto' Gaiole in Chianti, 16 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Staggia Senese' Poggibonsi, 18.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Siena
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna' , 77.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’ Arcipelago Toscano' , 112.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano' , 145.6 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

Sights around Siena from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Historical center of Siena

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
It was decorated with the beautiful marble and mosaics. Even now we can see the original mosaic floor and old bishop's throne, wonderful sculptures of holy people. In the cathedral was opened a small museum where visitors can get known with an interesting collection of the Medieval artworks. Near the Basilica you can find an old Piccolomini Library. As in 1495, it is decorated with wall paintings of the famous Italian artists. The Medieval area of Siena is an ideal place for walks. You can spend several hours walking the narrow streets, adoring the magnificent palaces, inner yards which are always decorated with flowers. … Read further

Old Town of Pienza

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
The town isn’t only famous for the historical buildings but also there has placed a unique natural and cultural landscape Val d’Orcia. The main speciality of this area is the wonderful hills of right bell-mound. In summer they are covered with high green grass and wildflowers. Nice hills attract a lot of artists for hundreds of years. The best way to explore the city is on foot. Walking will open you a lot of secrets that are covered by the car travellers. During the walk around the square, you will see that the old buildings look different from various sides. … Read further
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