Tuscany
Siena - Tuscany
Tuscany
Tuscany
Tuscany
Tuscany
Tuscany

Art itineraries

Known all round the world is the heart of the city of Siena, the medieval square, Piazza del Campo, today famous for the 'Palio dell'Assunta' is a meeting place for the whole town who arrive to assist in the performances and the medieval jousting. Here you can visit the Civic Museum in the 'Palazzo Pubblico' which now houses the town hall, the 'Torre del Mangia' which at 87 metres high offers a beautiful view over the city and the 'Fonte Gaia'. Close to the Piazza del Campo it is also possible to visit the Logge del Papa e Palazzo Piccolomini, which today are the base of the state archives, they are both examples of the Renaissance architecture of Siena.
Pienza takes its name from its founder Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who rose to the place of Pope with the name of Pio II and who was born in 1405, when the town still went by its medieval name of Corsignano. Enea Silvio Piccolomini had the city rebuilt by famous architects such as Rossellino, according to the principals of an ideal Renaissance city.
San Quirico D'Orcia s an ancient village and probably has Etruscan origins. Arriving from the North-West along 'Via Dante Alighieri', ancient 'Via Francigena', one finds the church 'Chiesa Collegiata' (12th Century). Alongside the 'Chiesa Collegiata' is the 'Palazzo Chigi Zondadari' (17th Century), a testimony to the past feuds of the town.
Montalcino is surrounded by a forest of oaks, from where the inhabitants probably get their name: Mons Ilcinus (Ilex is oak in latin). The surrounding countryside is also used to cultivate vines from which highly esteemed wines are made. Of these, the place of honour goes to 'Brunello', which has earned the title of DOCG. In the year 814, due to Pope Ludovico, the Abbey of Sain Antimo was built, one of the most beautiful Romanesque buildings in Italy, in which the monks still perform the Gregorian chant.

Distances

  • Siena - 53 km
  • Montepulciano - 17 km
  • Pienza - 23 km
  • Montalcino - 35 km
  • San Quirico d'Orcia - 34 km
  • Cortona - 33 km
  • Rapolano Terme - 23 km
  • Arezzo - 48 km
  • Florence - 109 km
  • Perugia - 74 km
  • Castiglione del Lago - 39 km

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