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Siena Travel Guide

Siena is an endearing city. Most visitors arriving from the hustle and crowds of busy Florence cannot help but fall under the charm of Siena’s gracefully winding (and pedestrianized) medieval streets. Laid out on the slopes of three steep hills (the historical terzi or “thirds” of the city), the center of town, geographically and emotionally, is the fan-shaped and gently sloping, redbrick Piazza del Campo, a wonderfully preserved monument to Siena’s medieval heyday when merchants, bankers and artists flocked here and some of the city’s greatest monuments were constructed. Overlooked by the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, it is also the site of the famous bareback horserace, Il Palio and a fitting starting point for the exploration of Siena’s other major sights.

Last updated December 1, 2013
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