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Siena has retained much of its medieval architecture and charm, including walls and gates that surround the city. The cathedral (11th-14th century) is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy and some say it is the most stunning cathedral in Tuscany. Here you will find works of famous Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Pisano, Donatello and Bernini. Another interesting feature is the marble mosaic floor dating from 1369

The Gothic-style municipal palace, begun in 1288 and finished in 1309, now houses the city archives, including certificates and documents designed and executed by famous Sienese artists.

The famous Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse racing takes place, with its stunningly beautiful Town Hall, is a spectacular example of Renaissance art and architecture.

Siena's intimate medieval streets are lined with both local handicraft shops and some international chains.

The Bottini

Besides the streets of Siena there is another aspect of Siena’s history well worth a visit. Under the streets of Siena lies an intricate system of tunnels dating back to the 12th century that brought running water to the houses of the city. Calcium encrustations and stalactites come out from everywhere giving this place a fascinating atmosphere. The mysterious and unknown part of Siena. To visit Siena's Bottini you need to send a written request by fax to +39 0577 292 346 to the Siena Municipality requesting a visit. You should indicate your preferred date along with your telephone number, the name and number of participants. It is important to check availability in advance as these tours may be booked up for some time.