:: Siena & its surroundings ::
While living in Siena, you'll have so many places to visit: both the city of Siena and its surroundings offer a wide concentration of art & culture that will let live a unique, different experience.
Piazza del Campo, Siena's main square, is the site of the famous Palio horse races that take place in July and August.
Also, the Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala deserves a visit.
This museum complex, which houses the National Archaeological Museum of Siena, began as a pilgrims' hostel and orphanage, then served as a hospital from the 10th Century to modern day.
In Terzo di Camollia - Siena's northern third - spreads off either side of the palace-lined Via Banchi di Sopra.
Two blocks up on the left is the oldest Gothic palace in the city, the Palazzo Tolomei, begun in 1208 and now home to the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze bank.
The piazza out front is where the city council met from the 11th Century until the Palazzo Pubblico was built.
Two blocks away is the piazza formed by the gothic Palazzo Salimbeni and its tributary palaces, linked to form the seat of the Monte di Paschi di Siena, Siena's powerhouse bank founded in 1472 and still a strong player in Italian finance (and the city's largest employer).
Stepping outside Siena, you may find yourself within the most fascinating landscapes and panoramas you could ever imagine: Chianti vineyards, country manor houses and immense, green-hilled Tuscany valleys are just few kilometers away: rent a car, or just taking a ride by coach will take you into the most beautiful, breathtaking views that will fill your eyes and your soul with everlasting beauty.