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The gothic dream

“As I scrutinize Siena’s ancient buildings, timeless dwellings where I would love to live one day with a window of my own overlooking the clay tiles and the green shutters, I try vainly to understand wherein lies the secret that Siena whispers and rings on and on in my ears as long as I shall live.” José Saramago

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Siena and its gold

Siena’s glorious history of art began in the 1200s with its gilt-background panels. The precious nature of gold symbolised the sky's divine light, perfect and absolute. There is a gilt background in the Madonna di Montaperti, a kind of token of thanks...

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The Palio

palioColours, crowd, celebratory shouts, a piazza covered with tufa, ten horses ridden bareback in a race that lasts only a few seconds. For those who are seeing it for the first time, this is the Palio. For the Sienese it is life...

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Siena’s theatres

Siena has played an important role in the history of the Italian theatre. During the Middle Ages it held religious representations, public games, tournaments and processions of allegorical carts and vehicles portraying religious and secular themes.

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Urban trekking

trekkingUrban trekking is a sport for everybody. An itinerary on foot through an art city whose streets are on various levels does not require any special previous training. It’s perfect for toning up the body and mind of those who are obliged to live in enclosed spaces...

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Tradition of taste

The orient’s spicy tastes characterise the sweets production of the Terre di Siena. These sweets of medieval origins were born in monasteries and developed by the skilled hands of the apothecaries; their recipes are now handed down in traditional workshops. 

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The University of Siena

The Universitas Scholarium was already operating in 1240. With the decree issued by Charles V of Luxembourg, Siena’s university proper was born in 1357. Judith Hook wrote that in the 15th century, Its reputation was unsurpassed in Europe...

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