Siena is a small medieval town of astounding beauty, renowned worldwide for its art and architecture, and for the Palio, a historical horserace held twice a year, in July and August, that stirs the emotions of the townspeople today as it did in the past.

It is still surrounded by its medieval walls, which enclose architectural jewels like the Duomo, or Cathedral, the Santa Maria della Scala museum complex, the Piazza del Campo, the town's most important square, with its Palazzo Pubblico, or town hall, and the Mangia Tower that overlooks the shell-shaped piazza and the surrounding Sienese countryside, offering a breathtaking view to all those who manage to climb it all the way to the top.

Siena, too, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Italy's most sought-after tourist destinations, where art, architecture, a tasty local cuisine and excellent wine vouch for unforgettable holidays.

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