The perfectly preserved historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1995. It is one of the most beautiful expressions of Italian gothic and medieval architecture that culminates with the Cathedral, Duomo, where some of the most important masterpieces of Tuscan artists’ are preserved. The city had substantial influence on art, architecture and town planning during the Middle Ages, both in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.
The Sienese School of painting: the most important representatives are Duccio di Boninsegna, Simone Martini, Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti. The Pinacoteca Nazionale dedicates to these painters an entire section.
The Palio (29th June-2nd July and 13th-16th August) Known as a horse race, the tradition of Palio deeply influences the life of the city. The city center is divided into 17 "Contrade" (quarters) representing the authentic soul of Siena, small "republics" that keep the tradition of Palio alive and contribute to preserve it intact. The event is one of the reasons why many visitors choose the Summer season for their holidays in Siena.
Some of the treasures You will find in Siena: Piazza del Campo, Torre del Mangia, Santa Maria della Scala Museum, Piccolomini Library, Pinacoteca Nazionale.