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Siena

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Visit the medieval beauty of Siena, and tour the Tuscan countryside.Your journey will be by fully-equipped car, and you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable English-speaking driver. Siena's most prosperous era pre-dated the Renaissance, so a lot of the city is in the older Gothic and Romanesque medieval styles.

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Visit the medieval beauty of Siena, and tour the Tuscan countryside.Your journey will be by fully-equipped car, and you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable English-speaking driver. Siena's most prosperous era pre-dated the Renaissance, so a lot of the city is in the older Gothic and Romanesque medieval styles. The Gothic and Romanesque Cathedral, built in stunning black and white marble, with a magnificent interior, is a must-see. The city is also home to an important religious center, as it was the birthplace of St. Catherine (the Sanctuary is devoted to her worship). The 700-year old university is still in operation, holding summer schools in Italian. And Piazza del Campo, overlooked by the giant Torre del Mangia, the tower of the Palazzo Pubblico, with its distinctive shell shape, is definitely one of the most striking pieces of architecture in the world. It represents the meeting-point of the three hills on which Siena was built. It is where the Palio is run, a unique bareback horse race which dates back to Middle Ages. The whole city is caught up in the atmosphere, and it attracts visitors from all over the world.

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