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Siena Every year on March 19 Siena celebrates a beautiful holiday with a long history, the Feast of St. Joseph. The story of a festival is quite interesting. The first time it was started back in the Middle Ages. The severe drought has fallen on the town; locals were about to lose all crop and starve. In a difficult situation they’ve sent a prayer to Saint Joseph, who had heard them and sent the long-awaited rain. The crop was saved, and to celebrate this joyous occasion citizens feasted on streets of Siena.
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
They put up long tables with lots of treats along the streets and feed homeless and needy. The tradition of street banquets has preserved to this day; as many years ago, today the festival can’t be imagined without an abundance of treats. One of the most popular and beloved delicacies are considered small rice balls named ‘fritelle,’ which are fried in oil – it explains the peculiar name of the dish.
Children are fond of the Feast of Saint Joseph, because in the festive day, according to another good tradition, parents should buy them new toys. During the festival, streets of the city host colorful fairs and shops, where you can buy local dolls and other toys. They would become wonderful memorable souvenirs; guests of the festival can acquire local cookies and other sweets as souvenirs too. Copyright
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
Locals are proud of their history; cultural traditions of their ancestors are treated with great trepidation. Siena is one of the few cities in the country in which there is a unique atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Travelers who visit the city in summer will also be able to witness the interesting national celebration, the Palio festival. The most spectacular event is a horse racing, which is carried out in the main square of the town.
il Campo, Siena After the competition, festive marches are held on a town’s street. An entertainment program ends late at night. Typically, Palio is celebrated twice a year - in early July and mid-August. Among other features of Siena, lively and fun atmosphere of the city streets is worth mentioning. The fact is that one of the most prestigious universities in Europe is situated here, so during the school year a significant portion of its residents are students.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Siena
♥   Basilica dell’Immacolata (S. Clemente dei Servi), Siena, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Bernardino da Siena, Siena, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   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
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
♥   Castle 'Castello di Montebenichi' Bucine, 18.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello della Magione' Poggibonsi, 22 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Siena and around


From the series “Monochromatic Cities - Stunning Views”
Siena is the most known one-coloured city in the world. It attracts people with the numerous buildings painted in deep yellow. At the time of the Renaissance, there was produced the yellow paint that was widely used in painting local buildings. The city occupies about 118 square kilometres. About 54 600 people live there. … Read further

Old Town of San Gimignano

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting towns in Tuscany. In 1990 its historical centre became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historical symbol of the city is a complex of strengthening structures and 14 towers. Every tower has its own history because every tower was built by one local family. … Read further
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