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  • 1 Public Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Campo I - 53100 Siena

    This is one of the most attractive civil buildings in Italy. Its harmonious and light size is dominated by the elegant Mangia tower from which there is an admirable view over Siena and over the countryside. On a visit to the apartments you will see s..

  • 2 Art gallery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. San-Pietro 29 I - 53100 Siena

    This museum will take you on a fabulous journey through four centuries of Siena painting, from the first Primitives, much marked by the priestly manner of the Byzantine style by Sodoma, grand master of Siena painting from the 16C and, even if the two..

  • 3 Piazza del Campo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Campo I - 53100 Siena

    This is one of the world's most famous squares, composed of a series of monuments in unsurpassed harmony. This slightly sloping "shell" or "fan" in pink and white tones is a fine example of those "open-air drawing rooms"..

  • 4 Duomo Santa Maria Assunta Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Duomo I - 53100 Siena

    Begun in 1339, the original plan for this cathedral was vast but only free-standing pillars give an impression of how vast; the actual structure makes up but one transept of the original design. It is however magnificent; the façade, a harmony of mar..

  • 5 Cathedral Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Duomo I - 53100 Siena

    Flanked by the long facade de the hospital, by the neo-Gothic palace of the Archbishop and by the Prefecture, this square is dominated by the famous Cathedral which is adorned with two coloured marble stripes and which the people of Siena wished to m..

  • 6 Museo del Opera Metropolitana Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za del Duomo I - 53100 Siena

    On each side of the gallery of the museum, installed behind the walled arcades of what was to be a transept of the cathedral, are statues by Giovanni Pisano which once adorned the cathedral façade: prophets, wise men and the sibyl are depicted here w..

  • 7 Piccolomini Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za Pio II I - 53100 Siena

    Looking down from one side of the Piazza del Campo, on the other side on to the via Banchi di Sotto, this attractive Florentine style palace, which today contains the archives of Siena, was built by Bernardo Rossellino, the architect of the Ruccellai..

  • 8 St John's Baptistry Interesting

    Religious buildings

    P.za San-Giovanni I - 53100 Siena

    Below the level of the cathedral, this dates from the start of the 14C and its white marble facade, in a Gothic style harsher even than the cathedral's, was never finished. Inside, the baptismal fonts made up of a hexagonal vessel adorned with bronze..

  • 9 Buonsignori Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Casato di Sopra I - 53100 Siena

    This attractive palace was built in the middle of the 15C in impressive red brick and brings to mind the People's Palace. It contains the fabulous art gallery of Siena.

  • 10 Via di Citta Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. di Città I - 53100 Siena

    Along with the Via Banchi di Sopra this is the main commercial street of old Siena. It is pedestrianised with flagstones and no pavements and is flanked by remarkable palaces and runs round the Piazza del Campo.

  • 11 Chigi-Saracini palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. di Città 89 I - 53100 Siena

    Nearly opposite the Piccolomini palace or Palazzo delle Papesse is this palace with a long slightly incurved Gothic facade like the one on the palace of the People. It houses the Chigiana academy, an illustrious music academy.

  • 12 Salimbeni Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za Salimbeni I - 53100 Siena

    This noble square is enclosed on three sides by three buildings whose architecture is of three distinct styles: Gothic in the Salimbeni palace; Florentine Renaissance in the Spannochi palace; then late Renaissance in the Tantucci palace. This trilogy..

  • 13 Captains Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. del Capitano I - 53100 Siena

    This very attractive street links the cathedral square with that of the Four Cantons and is decorated with the Chigi alla Postieria palace (16 C) and the palace of the Captain of Justice, dating from the end of the 13 C, an attractive, Gothic buildin..

  • 14 Via Banchi di Sopra Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Banchi-di-Sotto I - 53100 Siena

    This is an extension of the Via di Citta and like it, it surrounds the palaces on the Piazza del Campo. There is the rear facade of the Piccolomini palace, in white stone, probably by the Florentine architect Bernardo Rosselino, which contains the to..

  • 15 Church of St Dominic Interesting

    Religious buildings

    P.za San-Domenico 7 I - 53100 Siena

    St Catherine lived not far from here. This convent church was therefore the ideal place to have her ecstasies and quickly return home before the powerful and harsh setting could put her off. In the chapel "delle volte", above the altar, is ..

  • 16 Branda Fountain Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. di Fontebranda I - 53100 Siena

    This entirely brick fountain is the oldest in the town and is architecturally interesting. It refreshed the locals right back in 1080 but it was in 1246 that it took on its present form so typical of Siena.

  • 17 Hospital of St Mary of the Stairs

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za Duomo 1 I - 53100 Siena

    The Pilgrimage room of this former hospital is covered in frescoes (by Vecchietta and Domenico di Bartolo) realistically depicting and with great attention to detail the main functions of the establishment. Hospital life from the 15C right in front o..

  • 18 Loggia dei Mercanti

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. di Città I - 53100 Siena

    This was once the seat of the trade Tribunal. It was built at the start of the 15C and this already Renaissance lodge has preserved some Gothic parts, such as the niches containing statues which adorn them. On two of its sides run banks of sculpted m..

  • 19 Galluzza street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. della Galluza I - 53100 Siena

    This narrow street on a steep slope is flanked by old brick houses inset with furtive openings. This is Siena in the Middle Ages!

  • 20 Pope's lodge

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Banchi di Sotto I - 53100 Siena

    This was built at the request of Pius II, the Pope of the Piccolomini family, hence its name, and has large Renaissance arcades supported by Corinthian columns.

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