Relive the Middle Ages
The medieval city of Siena is a masterpiece of creativity where buildings were designed to adapt to the urban fabric in Medieval and Gothic style. Siena’s heart is its central piazza, Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio horse race run around the piazza twice every summer.
The city sits over three hills with its heart the huge piazza del Campo, where the Roman forum used to be. The Campo is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower, Torre del Mangia.
The Val d’Orcia is an area of rare beauty where the landscape and natural elements contrast with urban complexes and extremely charming ancient structures of historical and artistic importance.
The old city centre of Pienza is the first application of humanistic concepts in urban planning. Transformed form a medieval village to a monumental centre, as ordered by Pope Pius ii, the centre became the symbol of architectural and Renaissance perfections. It is the perfect city with beautiful spaces and scenery.
The Old city centre of San Gimignano is an exceptional testimony to Medieval civilization where art, architecture and history combine to create a sophisticated and majestic city which preserves a series of masterpieces of Italian art from the 14th to 15th century and its proudly raised towers that still stand to this day over its buildings.
The Abbey of San Galgano is breathtakingly beautiful. On the nearby Montesiepi hill, you can find the a sword in the rock (spade nella roccia) planted there by an arrogant and violent 12th century knight called Galgano Guidotti, who was overcome by a religious call and needed a cross to pray on.
Monteriggioni represents one of the most important walled castles in the territory. It has incredibly preserved an intact structure as if time had never passed on the hill from which it elegantly dominates the surrounding landscape.. The castle was built by the Sienese between 1213 and 1219 for defensive purposes: its strategic location atop a hill overlooking the Cassia Road allowed the castle to control the cities of the Val d’Elsa and Staggia and be on the lookout for any armies approaching Siena.