Medieval walls surround Siena, the most beautiful city in Tuscany. It is also proudly referred to as the ‘Italian metropolis of the Gothic period’. Throughout the centuries, historic squares, palaces and churches have created Siena’s unique character.
Traditional buildings that date back to the Middle Ages and numerous romantic, picturesque features have turned the Piazza II Campo into one of Italy’s most beautiful squares.
As in Rome, the she-wolf is Siena’s landmark and there are many historical connections between the two cities. It is likely that during Etruscan and Roman times, a town or colony had already been established in Siena.
Under the so called ‘Council of Nine,’ a town government that consisted of nine wealthy merchants, Siena experienced much prosperity at the beginning of the 14th century and plans were drawn up to complete the construction of the cathedral.
Siena is a city of art that overflows with history, charm and a lively medieval atmosphere where Italian Gothic style is very much alive!
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