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We only decided to visit Siena at the last minute. Of course, we knew it was a beautiful and famous city, but I pictured it quite differently. I had read ‘The Accursed Kings’ more than once, and Siena is mentioned more than once, in connection with the rich Tolomei family. I had a picture in my mind of Siena, but ‘only reality can surpass our imagination’. Maybe this was why Siena struck me with such force: never in my life have I seen anywhere so beautiful! The Florence cathedral is a marvel, but the crenellations on the cathedral of Siena are out of this world! I saw with surprise that the Tolomei family really did have a house here (or rather a palace!) whereas I thought Maurice Druon made up the whole thing.


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Siena is one of those Italian cities I’d always be happy to go back to. Medieval streets and squares, friendly locals, and a lot of young people (it’s a university city too). We walked a lot, and the city totally captivated me. The sort of place that just radiates positivity.” (2018)

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“In my opinion, the main square of Siena is in the same category of all-time-great cultural achievements as, say, Beethoven’s 9th symphony. The sort of thing you could never tire of. I read somewhere that over the course of a year, there wasn’t a single instant when not a single person was standing in that scallop-shaped square. The crowds are a permanent feature, so if you’re looking for a quiet, meditative space for reflection, this may not be for you.

Siena is the alpha and omega of any trip to Tuscany, and I certainly wasn’t going to miss out. According to ancient tradition, the main square – the Piazza del Campo – and the adjacent town hall do not belong to any of the districts of Siena, but form a separate entity.

The main square is located at the intersection of the three main streets of Siena, and its atmosphere radiates harmony and tranquility. Siena’s Piazza del Campo is one of the truly great masterpieces of medieval architecture. (2016) "



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Background

Siena - roofs - a.s. photo

Destination in brief

Population (in 2020): 42,800

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 1430 Euro

Attractions

Piazza del Campo

Siena - Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall) - a.s. photo

Cathedral (Duomo di Siena)

Siena - Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) - a.s. photo

Siena - Cathedral - a.s. photo

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