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Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

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Siena is a beautiful city in the Tuscany region of Italy, famous for its medieval architecture, art, and culture. Siena was founded by the Etruscans and later became a Roman colony. It rose to prominence in the Middle Ages as a powerful city-state that rivalled Florence in trade, banking, and politics. Siena is best known for its historic centre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for its biannual horse race, the Palio, which attracts thousands of spectators and tourists. Some of the main attractions in Siena are: – The Piazza del Campo, the heart of the city and the venue of the Palio. The square is shaped like a shell and surrounded by elegant palaces and towers. In the centre stands the Fonte Gaia, a Renaissance fountain decorated with sculptures. – The Duomo, or cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic and Romanesque architecture that houses many artworks, such as the marble floor with 56 scenes from the Old Testament, the Piccolomini Library with frescoes by Pinturicchio, and the dome with a starry sky by Bernini. – The Palazzo Pubblico, or town hall, which dates to the 13th century and hosts the Museo Civico, where you can admire paintings by Simone Martini, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, and Domenico Beccafumi. The palace also has a 102-meter-high tower, called Torre del Mangia, which offers a panoramic view of the city. – The Basilica of San Domenico, a Gothic church that contains the relics of Saint Catherine of Siena, the patron saint of Italy and Europe. You can also visit her birthplace and sanctuary nearby. – The Pinacoteca Nazionale, or national art gallery, which displays a collection of paintings from the Sienese school of the 13th to 16th centuries, such as works by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Sassetta. Siena is a perfect destination for anyone who loves history, art, and tradition. It is also a great base for exploring other charming towns and villages in Tuscany, such as San Gimignano, Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano. You can reach Siena by train, bus, or car from Florence or Rome. If you want to experience the authentic spirit of Siena, you should visit it during one of its festivals, such as the Palio in July or August or the Festa di Santa Caterina in April.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk 1 – Stazione Ferroviaria Siena to Giardini la Lizza
Approximately 1.85 km – 1.15 miles

The walk starts at Stazione Ferroviaria Siena – Enter the Shopping Centre opposite and ascend using the escalators and travelators to Viale Vittorio Emanuele II – Viale Camillo Benso di Cavour – Parrocchia S. Petronilla walk back to Viale Vittorio Emanuele II – Porta Camollia – Piazza Guido Chigi Saracini – Via Campansi – Via Camollia – San Pietro Alla Magione, Via Camollia – Via Di Fontegiusta – Chiesa di Santa Maria in Portico a Fontegiusta – walk back to Via Camollia – Via Campansi – Via dei Montanini – Chiesa di Sant’Andrea, Via dei Montanini – Via Sasso di S. Bernardino – Piazza Antonio Gramsci – Giardini la Lizza

Photo Gallery of  Walk 2 – Piazza Antonio Gramsci to Via di Città
Approximately 1.41 km – 0.88 miles

The walk starts in Piazza Antonio Gramsci – Via Sasso di S. Bernardino – Via dei Montanini – Piazza Salimbeni – Via dei Montanini – Piazza Tolomei – Via Cecco Angiolieri – Piazza Tolomei – Via Banchi di Sopra – Vicolo S. Pietro – Piazza del Campo – Costa Barbieri – Via di Città – Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana – Onlus, Via di Città – Via di Città – Via del Castoro – Piazza Jacopo della Quercia – Piazza del Duomo – Via del Capitano – Via di Città