Siena is a capital of province of Siena in the region of Tuscany in Italy. The historic center of Siena has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it is also one of the Italy’s most visited tourist attractions with hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking into the city every year.
Built on three hills surrounded by well-preserved walls, the city is filled with fine examples of Gothic architecture. There is a world-famous Piazza del Campo – the shell-shaped square with scalloped edges which is the main square of the historic center of Siena. It is largely thought of as being one of the best and most beautiful medieval squares in the whole of Europe. The shell-shape is both visually and architecturally unique. It is also the place where the Palio horse race is held twice a year.
Famous Palio horse race is a tradition since medieval times. The event is preceded by a historic cortege and procession in costume with all the symbolism of ancient tournaments.
Siena has much to offer including palaces, cathedrals, museums, churches and many other attractions. Among the places that are worth to be seen are Opera Metropolitana Museum, Medici Fortress, Palazzo Publico, Duomo Cathedral and many others.
The city’s marvelous and unique landscapes offer infinite opportunities for hiking, cycling, horseback riding and many others. There is a huge number of natural reserves in Siena allowing you to enjoy close contact with nature. Reserve of Lake Mountepulciano offer plenty rare bird species and Pietraporciana Reserve offers a centuries-old beech wood forest. Sienna has also many thermal spa centers where you can spend relaxing stay.
The local calendar is rich in events and activities which are held throughout the year. Apart from Palio horse race there are also many events which are worth to be attended.
Location: Tuscany region
Nearby sights: Siena Cathedral, Piazza del Campo, Centro Storico di Siena
How to get there: Take SITA bus in Florence to the historic center of Siena
Nearby hotels: Palazzo di Valli, Palazzo Ravizza, Hotel Athena