Built on three hills, between green strips of cultivated fields, Siena appears bright and colorful in nearby Florence, its historic rival. From every part of the city you can enjoy fabulous views over the Tuscan hills and famous monuments of the center: the Torre del Mangia, the Public Palace and the Cathedral, the Cathedral of the XIV century, with its enigmatic streaks.
From the ancient entrances that interrupt the city walls, palaces of extraordinary beauty, cobblestone streets leading to the center and from Piazza del Campo, where every year on July 2 and August 16 the Palio, the famous horse race ridden bareback . But Siena did not stop at its glorious past and is also a modern city. Visitors can explore the Gallery of Modern Art, fabulous cake shops, markets cheerful, elegant boutiques, and the Enoteca, located in the cellars beneath the fortress, where you can enjoy a superb collection of Italian wines
A charming city that never fails to surprise, with its masterpieces of art, colored marble of the churches and the architecture that evoke the splendor and the role played in the development of culture and art of the Renaissance.
The beating heart of Florence is Piazza del Duomo, with the monumental complex of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore – topped by the majestic dome by Brunelleschi -, the Baptistery of San Giovanni – a magnificent example of Florentine Romanesque -, Giotto’s bell tower – a masterpiece Florentine Gothic architecture.
Piazza della Signoria is the historic center of civil life and is home to the fourteenth-century Loggia dei Lanzi, the Fountain of Neptune and the Palazzo della Signoria or Palazzo Vecchio, one of the symbolic monuments of the city, in front of which stand some famous statues, including a copy the famous David of Michelangelo.
Next to the square there is the majestic Uffizi Gallery, home to one of the most important museums in the world, including works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and many other great artists
San Galgano ruins lies between fields of sunflowers, is a haunted place and special.
All that remains of what was once the most majestic Gothic building in Italy, with the largest Cistercian ruins in Italy and symbol of the most important monastic power in Tuscany, now has only the sky as the roof and a grass field as the nave, while pieces of fresco lie between vegetation.
This was the site of the hermitage of San Galgano and the life of the saint is shown in the chapel that Ambrogio Lorenzetti frescoed between 1334 and 1336.
Just in the circular chapel, with its strange striped time, there is a rock on which is a delayed sword
Arezzo sorge su una collina nella Toscana orientale a ridosso dell’Appennino Tosco-Romagnolo. Come testimonia l’architettura stessa della città, vanta un’origine antichissima che l’ha vista essere una delle maggiori città etrusche e successivamente una strategica città romana.
La parte più elevata della città conserva uno spiccato aspetto medievale, dominata dalla Cattedrale e dalla Fortezza Medicea. La Cattedrale, che presenta nel suo aspetto tratti gotici, custodisce pregevoli opere d’arte tra le quali La Maddalena di Piero della Francesca e le vetrate istoriate di Guillaume de Marcillat. Al centro della città Piazza Grande dispiega una vera antologia di stili architettonici.
La cappella Bacci nella Basilica di San Francesco accoglie lo straordinario ciclo di affreschi della Leggenda della Vera Croce di Piero della Francesca, una delle più alte testimonianze della pittura rinascimentale italiana
Coming from the valley the imposing fourteenth-century fortress leaves immediately understand the urban di Montalcino, a medieval town of military facility, crossed by narrow and steep vie.Da up here the views are true masterpieces like those stored at ‘interior of the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, which houses one of the richest collections of paintings and wooden sculptures of the Sienese school. Among the many churches stand out for sure 300sca St. Augustine, the neoclassical cathedral, the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso and Sant’Egidio, the church “de ‘Siena’. The Town Hall (end XIIIcc), a slender but sturdy structure is flanked by a high bell tower nearly a lookout tower topped by “Campanone” still beating the life of the whole country.
Situated between the provinces of Florence and Siena, the Chianti area has always been considered the heart of old Tuscany and is famous worldwide for its famous wines.
A rich history and a winemaking tradition dating back to the thirteenth century have made this area an ideal place for those wishing to embark on fantastic voyages between vineyards, hills and picturesque villages.
In every small town you can come across wineries, castles or simple farms, whose name is placed next to the famous Black Rooster trademark, symbol of Chianti excellence.
The valley offers views of great charm: hills covered by vineyards, beautiful chestnut, oak trees and medieval villages rich in artistic as Greve in Chianti, with its ancient triangular square bordered by buildings, porches and balconies