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Siena

The town of Siena is world known for its incredible historical and artistic heritage, for its landscapes and the famous Palio race, that takes place every year in the famous Piazza del Campo. The town of Siena organizes over 600 events per year, amongst which there are significant music festivals and big art exhibitions. Since 1992 Siena is part of the Unesco heritage.

Piazza del Campo, which was built on a fragile and muddy ground, is the most important square and it is considered the heart of the city. Many old and narrow street start from this point. Piazza del Campo is a very unusual square which was built in the Medieval period, and it has a very peculiar shell shape. Here the Palio still takes place every 2nd of July and 16th of August. It is a horse race where the jockeys ride bare back and 17 teams compete with each other for the prize. This race is not only a medieval joust, but it is also a deep expression of a extremely old tradition of the city.

Another very important square of Siena is Piazza Salimbeni, which is the administrativee headquarters of Monte Dei Paschi Di Siena, one of the oldest banks in Europe and an institution of the Town. The founders of this bank is the Salimbeni Family, from which the name comes from. This family started their offices along Banchi Di Sopra, an old street which connects Piazza Del Campo and Piazza Salimbeni, where the fortress of the family used to be. The current square is the result of heavy restoration carried out at the end of the 800s by the architect Giuseppe Partini, that changed its aspect, building and adding new structures, in the neo-gothic style of the time.At the back of the square, the new facade of the Salimbeni Fortress stands out, on its left there is Palazzo Spannocchi, on its right Palazzo Tantucci.

Another extremely important monument is the cathedral of Siena, dedicated from its earliest days to a Roman Catholic Marian church, and now dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (Holy Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption). The facade was finished in a gothic style at the end of the 1300s, with white marble and red decorations. On the right side of the facade there is the bell tower, which has got six rows of windows. The Duomo of Siena is a great Gothic building filled with treasures by Pisano, Donatello and Michelangelo as well as frescoes by Pinturicchio.

The city of Siena organizes over 600 events every year, often very professional such as the music festival and art exhibitions.

In 1995 Siena became part of the UNESCO world heritage.

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