The whole historic center of Siena is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Most of the historic buildings show off a excellent preservation in Italy and around the world.
Duomo di Siena
The Duomo di Siena is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, a magnificent example of Gothic Roman style. The facade is made of marble and it is finely decorated with refined sculptures. The upper facade is in Gothic style, featured by thiny spiars and beautiful mosaics representing Mary in the Temple, the Coronation of the Virgin and the Nativity of Jesus.
Piazza del Campo
Piazza del Campo is the heart of the city and one of the most original squares in the world with its shell shape and inclined plane. The square is the home of the Palio, and there is also the beautiful Town Hall palace with its famous tower (Torre del Mangia).
Santa Maria in Provenzano
The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria in Provenzano is home for the image of Our Lady in honor of which, on 2nd July of every year, the Palio of Siena takes place. The Sanctuary and the Our Lady are consequently very important for the city, and they are the most important religious symbols along with the figure of St. Catherine of Siena.
Sanctuary of St. Catherine
The Sanctuary of St. Catherine is located in the Church of the Crucifix, finished in 1623 exaclty on the place where Catherine’s house was built. On the main altar is exposed the crucifix of 1375, when St. Catherine received the stigmata. The church houses many paintings representing the life of the Saint and many other important masterpieces.
Santa Maria della Scala
Santa Maria della Scala overlooks Piazza del Duomo. It is a museum center that includes the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, among the most important points you will find the Pellegrinaio which includes a cycle of frescoes, and other rooms with many archaeological finds. Many years ago the building was home for a hospital and the whole environment is very special because in the underground there is access to tuff galleries alternating with aisles and brick rooms.
Monteriggioni is a little town in the province of Siena. Its castle was built in the 13th century to overlook the Via Francigena and monitor the territory to prevent the attacks from Florence. It is located on a hill and offers a magnificent view. Today it is possible to walk on part of the walls, following the same way made by sentinels centuries ago.
The Abbey of San Galgano is located in the countryside a few kilometers from Siena. The massive building today is without the roof, but its walls are still fascinating and attract thousands of visitors every year. The sword in the rock is even more impressive, a symbol of legends and chivalry stories.
In Montalcino you can visit the Fortress, built in the 14th century on a pre-existing building. It has a pentagonal plane with towers at every corner and the walls are perfectly preserved. On the walls you can follow the walking route. On the external walls you can see the Medici Coat of Arms, which conquered Siena in the mid 16th century.
San Gimignano, with its historic center, has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as it preserves the historic center of the 14th century. Of the 16 medieval towers that we can still admire, the Tower Rognosa is the oldest, while the Grossa Tower is the tallest with its 54 meters.