San Giminiano e Siena
This tour will take you to S.Gimignano, a small walled medieval hilltop town, about a 35-minute drive southwest of Florence. This ancient town has been declared by by the UNESCO to be part of the World’s Architectural Heritage. Founded as a small village in the 3rd century BC by the Etruscans it is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which can be seen several miles outside the town.
There are many churches in the town: the two main ones are the Collegiata (former cathedral) and Sant’Agostino, housing a wide series of artworks from some of the main Italian renaissance artists.
After the visit to S.Gimignano we will proceed to Siena, the worldwide famous city of the Palio (which takes place in its shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, the town square), where you will enter in touch with an ancient and misterious atmosphere, walking through the city alleys.
Siena’s cathedral, the Duomo, begun in the twelfth century, is one of the great examples of Italian Romanesque architecture. The shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, which houses the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, is another architectural treasure, and thePalazzo Pubblico, itself a great work of architecture, houses yet another important art museum.
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