Siena is not only one of the most fascinating towns in Tuscany, but it is in a stunningly beautiful position located 35 miles south of Florence. The town is the capital of the Tuscan province of the same name and boarders the Chianti and Montalcino regions, rich in vineyards and picturesque landscapes.
Siena preserves its medieval character to a remarkable degree, and has been largely unspoiled by new buildings. Its beautiful Gothic buildings include the Cathedral and Palazzo Pubblico, as well as numerous churches. The delightful Sienese school of painting produced, in the First half of the 14C, masterpieces by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Simone Martini, and Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, all of whose work is well represented in the Pinacoteca, Palazzo Pubblico, and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
The Piazza del Campo is one of the most remarkable squares in all of Italy. The seventeen Contrade or wards into which the town is divided, play an active part in the life of the city, culminating in the famous Palio. This epic horserace, dating back to the 16th century, has survived as perhaps the most spectacular bi-annual festival in Italy, in which the whole city participates. Siena Summer Music will be there for the August 16th race. An unforgettable experience!