Siena, a beautiful medieval town in Tuscany, attracts travelers for its grand architecture and laidback way of life, a la dolce vita. The fan-shaped central piazza, or Il Campo, is where the ancient Roman forum once used to stand. Today the piazza is famous for the horse races, Palio, held here every summer—recently featured in the Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. The red-brick Gothic town hall, the Palazzo Pubblico, and its tower, Torre del Mangia, dominate the piazza. The rest of the medieval city fans out from the central plaza into several historic districts or contrade. Like many other Italian cities, Siena’s city palace, Palazzo Pubblico, houses the municipal offices. Despite the steep flight of steps, the panoramic view of the lovely city from atop the Torre del Mangia, and visits to the Civic Museum as well as the Gothic Cathedral are all worth a try. Market day at Siena and alfresco dining at street side restaurants, enjoying Tuscan food and wine are experiences not be missed.
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