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SIENA : THE MIDDLE AGES IN TUSCANY

Siena, located in the heart of Tuscany and surrounded by hills, is one of the most beautiful medieval cities of Italy. For these merits, in 1995 its historic center was awarded by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Heart of the city is the famous Piazza del Campo, the shell-shaped, where the famous Palio is held, one of the most important events for all of Siena. The Palio of Siena is a 'passionate horse race that takes place every year, in July and August and its origins seem to date back to the seventeenth century.

Siena according to legend was founded by Senio, son of Remus, and in the city there are several statues of the mythical Romulus and Remus suckled by the wolf. Piazza del Campo is the core of Siena since the time of the Romans, who had their court here.

The square was repaved during the Government of Nine, a group semi-democratic in power between 1287 and 1355, with a division into nine sections in memory of the Government and symbolizes the cloak of the Madonna that protects the city.

The field is dominated by red Public Palace and its tower, called Torre del Mangia. The Public Palace, as well as the Cathedral of Siena, was built during the government of the Nine, which was the heyday of the economic and cultural center of Siena. The building still houses the offices of the City, like the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. From the courtyard of the Palace leads to the Museum and the Torre del Mangia, on top of which, climbed the 500 steps, you can enjoy a splendid view of the city.

In the Museum are kept some of the finest paintings of the Senese school. The Consistory Hall offers one of the finest works of Domenico Beccafumi, who frescoed ceilings depicting the cycle of public virtues. In the Hall of Mappamonto and in the Hall of Peace (or Hall of the Nine)  there are true masterpieces: the great Majesty and the equestrian portrait of Guidoriccio da Fogliano at the siege of Montemassi by Simone Martini and the Allegories of Good and Bad Government Ambrogio Lorenzetti, considered one of the greatest series of paintings of the Middle Ages.

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