Come and join me for a walk in the city centre of Siena, a UNESCO heritage site since 1995. The tour will start at San Marco city gate, immediately outside the walls of Siena, from where I could show you also a great view of the Tuscan countryside. From there, we will go into the oldest part of Siena, where you will discover the special tradition of the Palio, the horse race that takes place twice a year in Campo Square, the main square. Did you know that no saddles are used by riders?
The town is divided into 17 Districts called Contradas, each with its own animal as a symbol. Walk with me through narrow and steep streets as I tell you why Siena has the same emblem as Rome. We will arrive at the highest hill of Siena, where the wonderful Duomo, the city's most important church made of colourful local marble, is located. While the Duomo was completed in 1265, I will tell you about the amazing project that citizens of Siena had in the XIVth century to create a bigger church and why they didn’t complete it. Then we will walk through a part of the main street where we will see beautiful old buildings and a famous musical Academy. We will end the tour in the unique Campo Square, a square that is not square but rather has a shell shape. Here, enjoy a view of the medieval Palazzo Pubblico, the town hall with its tall Mangia bell tower, probably the most famous landmark of Siena!