sienaSurrounded by olive trees and Chianti vineyards, Siena
is one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany. Built on top
of three hills, the city is crossed by wide avenues and narrow alleys that lead to the heart of the city. There you can find
the Piazza del Campo and all the other cultural buildings,
including the Duomo, the monastery of Saint Catherine,
numerous other churches, as well as the ancient Ospedale
of Santa Maria della Scala, which is nowadays a very
important seat for exhibitions and cultural events.

Siena is divided into 17 districts. On July 2 and August 16,
when the “Palio”, the famous historic horse race, takes place,
the districts clash with each other. The competitive rivalry
can even be felt months before the event.
Ten districts are selected for each race with one horse
assigned to each of them. The horses race on the Piazza del Campo and the square
is filled with thousands of people.
Siena is also home to one of the oldest universities in Europe.

sienaIn the north of the city you enjoy the natural beauty
of the “Chianti” with its vineyards, olive groves
and small towns like San Gimignano, as well as
the Monteriggioni with the historic fortifications
and wonderful sights.

In the South of Siena the Arbia's Valley leads to the hilly
town of Montalcino, which is home to the famous Brunello
wine production. Furthermore, the area of Le Crete offers
a unique landscape with its rough rock formations.

Going to the west you will approach the sea, where you will
find towns such as Castiglione della Pescaia, and Maremma.

The Chianti area, between Florence and Siena, is one of the
most beautiful areas of countryside across Italy and is famous for producing wines.