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.
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.