Capital of the province of Sienna in the region of Tuscany, Siena is located in central Tuscany and is surrounded by hills and valleys. The city has a magestic medieval charm and is scattered with relics from the age. Today, Siena flourishes as a centre of medieval and Renaissnace art and culture.
Nestling among the hills to the north the Chianti area between Florence and Siena is one of the most breathtaking countrysides in the world. These hills are characterised by olive groves and vineyards. The Val d' Arbia to the south, is rugged but cultivated and its colours dazzle the tourist. Siena's beauty draws exhilaration from visitors. To the west is the coast of Castiglione Della Pescaia and the nature reserve Maremma. Siena's city square, Piazza del Campo, is an imposing sight housing the Torre del Mangia, a tower signifying secular power and having the same height as the Siena Cathedral in order to show equal power distribution between the Church and state. One can see a lovely view of Siena from this tower that was built between 1338 to 1348. The Piazza del Duomo or the Siena Cathedral is another important attraction. The cathedral is known for its elaborate facade and mosaic floors with symbolic representations of tales from the Old Testament, sibyls etc. The Piccolomini altar houses a sculpture of Saint Paul by Michelangelo.
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