Siena, Tuscany | Italy
Siena can be found in the rolling hills of Tuscany in Italy. If you are unsure where it is, here is a link you can view: https://goo.gl/maps/SEPwive6zfL2
Piazza Il Campo – The Square
Located in the center of Siena is the fan-shaped square, or piazza, known as Piazza Il Campo. The Torre del Magnia, or tower, dates back to the 14th century and has amazing views from the top with it’s distinctive white crown. The climb to the top is a little over 500 steps and well worth your effort. This historic piazza, and one of Italy’s most visited attractions, has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Along the outside border of the piazza are great restaurants. This was our location of choice for lunch, dinner or just a spritz cocktail in the mid-afternoon.
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Held on July 2nd and August 16th, is the famous Palio horse race. You might recognize this piazza from the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. The 17 historic “contrade” (districts or neighborhoods) participate in this race. Each contrade has its own distinctive flag, color and design. Most of all, attending this race remains our ‘bucket list’ of things to do. Check out this link to find out more about The Siena Palio: https://www.discovertuscany.com/siena/palio-siena.html
The Cathedral (Duomo)
Built during the 12th century, the Cathedral is a true masterpiece of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture.
The Facciatone (pictured below) remains as an unfinished facade of the cathedral. If completed, the addition would have nearly doubled the area of the cathedral. You can go inside and climb up to this narrow walkway for amazing views of the city.
The Palazzo Salimbeni, located in the piazza of the same name, is the Monte dei Paschi di Siena, one of the oldest banks in continuous existence in Europe.