Located in the heart of Tuscany, in a landscape rich in charm and grandeur, Siena is absolutely one of the most beautiful cities of the peninsula: a must be place for a holiday in Italy. The beauty of architecture, typically medieval, and the immense artistic heritage guarded by the city have indeed pushed the UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Site, a recognition that Siena definitely deserves.
Born as a Roman colony in the time of the Emperor Augustus (whose reign was from 27 BC to 14 AD), Siena began to acquire particular influence around the 10th century when, taking advantage of its strategic position at the centre of important commercial routes direct to Rome, it became a prosperous independent city and began to expand.
Particularly influential were Sienese bankers, who were very close to the Papacy, therefore supported the Ghibellines in the wars against the Guelphs (favourable to Florence). The conflict with Florence continued in the following centuries until 1555, when Siena had to surrender, thus passing under Florentine dominion.
From a cultural point of view, Siena boasts a considerable amount of attractions: monuments, palaces, churches, military architecture, villas, museums and art galleries of great interest, able to enrich every stay in its special way. Series of events also offer the opportunity to have moments of strong emotion: in particular the Palio, the traditional horse race that takes place on 2 July and 16 August (in Piazza del Campo) between the contrade of the city, monopolising for days and days the attention of Sienese and attracting a huge number of tourists.
Spending a holiday at a cosy hotel in Siena will also give you the opportunity to savour many local food and wine specialities, staying in comfortable facilities that represent the ideal starting point for exciting excursions to discover the surrounding hill landscapes.