Tuscany part 3 : Siena!

Hi everyone! At last i can present to you my favorite Siena, one of the most enchanting cities i visited!

Siena was my first contact with Italy almost 8 years ago, before even coming to Florence. I stayed there for a month and took an intensive Italian course. It was a unique experience since I met people from all over the world, several of whom I have kept in touch until today!


Siena is a classic medieval hill town in Tuscany famous for its large fan-shaped Piazza del Campo which is the heart of the town and home to the famous summer horse-race, known as Il Palio. Palio is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards, as Siena retains a ward-centric culture from medieval times.

Main sights :

  • Siena Cathedral (Duomo)
  • Palazzo Pubblico
  • Torre del Mangia
  • San Domenico
  • Pinacoteca Nazionale
  • Santa Maria della Scala

According to legend, Siena was founded by the son of Remus, and the symbol of the wolf feeding the twins Romulus and Remus is as ubiquitous in Siena as in Rome. In reality the city was probably of Etruscan origin, although it wasn’t until the 1st century BC, when the Romans established a military colony there called Sena Julia, that it began to grow into a proper town.

In 1966 Siena was the first European city to banish motor traffic from its heart. To stroll its arteries, unclogged by carbon monoxide and unthreatened by speeding vehicles, scooters notwithstanding, is not the least of the town’s pleasures.

















photos © chrysoula papagianni

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