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- Medieval Old Town
- Worth seeing cathedral
- City Hall Palace
- Classical Music Weeks
- Horse racing in Siena
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Siena is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Take advantage of the fantastic location of a holiday apartment in Siena, which is located in the middle of the historic city centre, to reach the most important sights, such as the cathedral, the palaces and museums, in just a few minutes on foot. Apartments located a little outside often offer their own garden or terrace and sometimes even a pool, which provides wonderful refreshments at any time.Historical townhouses for Residieren
From a vacation rental in Siena close to the city centre you can overlook the famous red roofs of the city directly from the stone-built, covered terrace and enjoy the unique Italian flair. Inside the holiday accommodations you will often find a stylish ambience furnished with antique furniture, which is harmoniously rounded off by parquet floors, marble bathrooms and exposed wooden beams. In such an accommodation you can enjoy your moments of rest without any restrictions.
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Location and orientation
The city of Siena, with a population of just under 54,000, is located in the centre of Tuscany, about 50 kilometres from Florence. The urban area is characterized by different landscapes, like the Chianti in the north, the Crete Senesi in the southeast, the Maremma in the southwest and the Montagnola Senese in the northwest. Rome is about 185 kilometres away by car.
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The Gothic cathedral of Siena is characterized by black and white marble and many irregularities and decorations in the architecture, which make this building particularly interesting. Construction of the cathedral began in the 13th century. This was followed by some enlargements and conversions with the aim of building one of the largest churches in the world.2. To the famous Palazzo at the main square
The Palazzo Pubblico, which functions as the Town Hall, can be reached by walking from a central apartment in Siena. The building dates back to the 13th century and was built on the remains of an ancient theatre with a 102 metre high tower. Today you can see not only the architecture of the brick building, but also the famous frescoes by Simone Martini and interesting drawings in the large hall.3. Church art in the museum
Visit the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, which contains the famous Madonna of Duccio and the window of the cathedral choir. The museum also presents many other works painted for the cathedral. The façade of Duomo Nuovo, which was never completed, can also be seen in the museum.
In Siena there is the oldest still existing bank in the world, the "Banca Monte di Paschi di Siena". It is also the third largest bank in Italy.
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Twice a year Siena hosts the Palio di Siena, a horse race that has been held since the Middle Ages. The venue is Piazza del Camp, where a total of 17 districts of the city compete against each other. A sporting event that you should not miss under any circumstances.Enjoy early summer music weeks
The Accademia Musicale Chigiana is an important music academy, which always organises the Siena Music Week in July. At this classical music festival, which was founded in 1939 by the conductor Alfredo Casella in order to pay tribute above all to the works of those masters who received less attention at the time. Today, courses for young talents are also offered on the occasion of the Music Weeks.