Even though Siena can get pretty touristy, especially during the horse race called Palio, which takes place twice a year, it is definitely worth seeing. Walking down the narrow streets in the historical centre, except the amazing smell of Italian cuisine in the air, you‘ll notice various flags round every corner. They’re symbols of wards (contrada), into which the city has been divided ever since medieval times. Each has its own small square with a fountain and a statue as well as their symbols displayed in many Siena’s churches.
The most important one being Siena Cathedral. As you enter, you find yourself walking on an astonishing mosaic floor under a starry ceiling exploring different areas of this architectural masterpiece. The one I found particularly remarkable was Piccolomini Library and its breathtaking frescoes.
Another place full of art is Palazzo Publico where you can see works of Ambrogio Lorenzetti and others. I‘d also recommend climbing over 400 steps of Torre del Mangia, as the incredible view of the monochrome cityscape will surely take you back into the past.
No matter how much or little time you’ll have, you’ll leave with unforgettable memories just like I did.
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