Siena is a magnificent medieval city located in Tuscany famous for its Palio and listed as World Heritage by UNESCO for its singular artistic heritage. The city sits over three hills with its heart on the huge Piazza del Campo, one of the biggest Medieval squares. It is shell-shaped and is the stage for the famous Corsa del Palio. Here stand monuments of great value, such as Pubblico (the town hall), Piazza Chapel, upon which stands the bell tower, Torre del Mangia, and Jacopo della Quercia’s marvelous Gaia Fountain.
One of the city’s numerous art treasures is the Duomo also home to the Opera Metropolitana Museum, exhibiting masterpieces by famous artists as Duccio di Buoninsegna and Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
A place of great devotion is the House and Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena, the Patron Saint of Italy and Europe.
The most important event in Siena is for sure the Palio, not just an horse race but one of the most famous performance and event in Italy. It takes place every year on July 02nd and August 16th from 1644 (exception for the years of the two world wars). The race is linked to the religious field (it celebrates the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary) and to the story of the city (the birth of the Contradas, the districts of the old and modern Siena).