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The province of Siena is situated in the south-central part of the Tuscany and it borders on the provinces of Arezzo, Firenze, Pisa and Grosseto. Siena, of etruscan origin, placed in an hilly area, is an other famous city of art. Big trade centre (in Siena, in 1624, was founded one of the earliest italian banks: the famous Monte dei Paschi), Siena draws every year millions of tourists, attracted by the famous ‘Palio’ and by the aschitectural monuments. Among them, we must enumerate the Public Palace, the Tower of the Mangia, the Duomo and the Baptistery. Near Siena are placed the celebrated San Gimignano, which has preserved its characteristic medieval appearance, Chianciano Terme, well-known health spa, and Montepulciano, important wine centre.
The hystorical and cultural centre of the city is Piazza del Duomo, where you can immediately note the huge Cathedral of Santa Naria Assunta, built over a preexistent 12th -century religious building. Afterwards, the inhabitants of Siena began to account this original cathedral as inadequate for the growing splendour of the city; also by reason of the rivality with the bordering Florence, which was building its huge Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the government of Siena decided to enlarge the project with a view to creating the biggest cathedral in Europe. The plan was approved and the works began in 1339, even if the construction of the ‘New Duomo’ suffered some stops because of the famous terrible plague in 1346 and the consequent economic crisis suffered by the city; the works were gradually restarted and the new cathedral was finished in 1376. The interior of the church is rich in fine works of art, like stuccos, statues, frescoes and paintings of different ages, created by very celebrated artists, like Duccio di Buoninsegna, Donatello and Michelangelo.
On the side of the cathedral, you can admire the Romanesque Campanile (Bell-Tower), built over a preexistent turret.
The wonderful Piazza del Campo (whose constrution began in 1327 and finished in 1349) is named after the presence of a wide field in this area. This square has a semicircular shape and was realized linking three hills and creating some slopes and holes which form a masterpiece of harmony and naturalness. In Piazza del Campo is organized every year the famous ‘Palio’, a show much loved by the inhabitants of Siena; the town districts compete in an horserace inside of a sand fence opportunely installed in the square.
In this square, you could admire the Torre of the Mangia and the Public Palace (also known as the Town Hall of Siena), built in XII-XVII centuries. You could also visit the wonderful Renaissance Piccolomini Palace.
Finally, we can counsel you to visit the Loggia della Mercanzia, the National Pinacotheca, the Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana del Duomo and the Civic Museum of the Town Hall.
You can spend one or two day for your visit to Siena. You will spend your afternoon to see Piazza del Campo with the public palace, the Mangia tower. The public palace it is exceptionally elegant and austere and it constitutes a synthesis of all the characteristics of the Sienese Gothic style. You will visit the cathedral with its museum and the baptistery. Lunch in San Gimignano, countryside of Siena with vines and olive trees. You can also make an excursion to San Gimignano, countryside of Siena with vines and olive trees.
Siena Is encircled of ulivi and vines of the Chianti and is one of the beautifulr cities of the Tuscany.
Siena rises on the top of three necks, the city is covered small and tightened ways that lead to Public square of the Field the heart of the city and to important others and beautifulst monuments like the Dome and the Spedale di Santa Maria of the Scale. The city is famous for the Palio di Siena, the historical race to horse, than it keeps the 2 of July every year and the 16 of August. Siena, especially in the summery period, is rich of cultural events, concerts, cinema and theatres; to Siena one of university of Europe has the most ancient center also.
The territory that encircles Siena is varied and much beautiful one.
To north, we find the Chianti, famous all over the world for its vines and its olive groves and the small medioevali countries with wall them of town-walls, like Saint Gimignano and Monteriggioni. The area of the Chianti, situated between Florence and Siena, is one of the beautifulst zones than campaign of all Italy. To south of Siena, in they of the Arbia goes finds the city of Montalcino, where she comes produced the famous wine Brunello di Montalcino. To the west we approach ourselves approaches the Tyrrhenian sea and we find countries like Castiglione of the Pescaia and natural it reservoir of the Maremma.
The tourist who visits Siena will find rich the beautifulst places and incontaminati of scents and colors that all over the world make from contour to Siena and the small full medioevali countries of stroria and place of known valuable wine production.
Part of the information regarding the history, the art, the traditions and the events about the city of Siena on this page is drawn from www.wikipedia.org respecting the GNU Free Documentation License.