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  • Like most of Italy, Siena is chock full of fascinating history, famous art and amazing food. The main center of town is the Piazza del Campo, which doubles as a racetrack twice a year during the Palio celebration. Siena is perhaps most famous for this bareback horserace. Il Palio has a history almost as long as the town itself. This chaotic event is held July 2 and Aug. 16. While this is not necessarily the best time to visit for tourists looking for a relaxing break, it is amazing for those wanting to experience the real heartbeat of Siena.

    Siena's glory period was during the medieval ages, so you can expect to see a lot of pre-Renaissance art in the museums. One of the best places for this is the Pinacoteca, which features famous Sienese artwork from the medieval period.

    The Piazza Publico, or town hall, is an 800-year-old structure that houses fascinating artwork (mainly frescoes) commissioned by the local government. From here you can access the 14th century Torre del Mangia, which offers some of the best bird's-eye views of Siena.

    Piazza del Campo

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    Piazza Il Campo

    Start your exploration here, Siena's main square...
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    St. Catherines Home (Casa di Santa Caterina)

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    Costa di Sant'Antonio

    St. Catherine's childhood home converted to a peaceful, reflective sanctuary... read more

    Palazzo Pubblico e Museo Civico

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    Piazza il Campo

    Climb the tower for amazing views of Siena and the Tuscan countryside... read more

    Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni)

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    Piazza del Duomo

    15th Century art treasures; located in the back of the Duomo... read more

    Pinacoteca Nazionale

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    Via di San Pietro 29

    Artworks by Siena's master painters... read more

    Libreria Piccolomini

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    Piazza del Duomo

    Ornately painted ceilings and illuminated manuscripts... read more

    Chiesa di San Francesco

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    Via dei Rossi

    Classic Gothic church used as an army barrack during WWII... read more

    Il Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria)

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    Piazza del Duomo

    Famous frescoes and Gothic architecture... read more

    Santa Maria della Scala

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    Piazza del Duomo 2

    Hospital turned cultural museum and art exhibition space... read more

    Church of Sant'Agostino

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    Prato di Sant'Agostino

    Bright and airy church... read more

    Opera della Metropolitana

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    Piazza del Duomo 8

    Masterpieces of 14th & 15th-Century Art... read more

    Saint Antimo's Abbey (Abbazia di Sant'Antimo)

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    Via Borgo di Mezzo 64

    Gregorian chants sung daily at this peaceful abbey... read more

    Piazza del Duomo

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    Piazza del Duomo

    Knowledge, religion and history... read more

    Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico

    Piazza San Domenico

    See the preserved head of Saint Catherine!...
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    Logge del Papa

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    Via Logge del Papa

    Built for Pope Pius II, not open to the public...
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    Museo Diocesano D'arte Sacra

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    Church of San Francesco

    Fine Artwork... read more

    Orti dei Tolomei (Vegetable/Herb Gardens)

    Via Pier Andrea Mattioli

    Garden with a View... read more

    Sculpture Park of Chianti

    Via dell'Ischia 14

    Home to Forms of Art and Nature... read more

    Magazzini del Sale

    Piazza Il Campo 1
    Palazzo Pubblico

    Historic House... read more

    Piazza dell'Abbadia

    Via dell'Abbadia

    Historic Square... read more
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