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TERRE DI SIENA

Terre di Siena (Lands of Sienna) are a perfect and essential Landscape, in the centre of Italy, full of incomparable charming hamlets and towns, hills and cypresses, like a crown on the uplands or in a row along the way.
Up on the hills, hamlets or isolated charming buildings watch oak woods, olive groves, vineyards, where Brunello and all the other great Tuscan wines are produced.

The flourishing historical center in Sienna, with red bricks all around, gives you a suggestiv experience of a medieval center. Wide roads and narrow alleys run through the town to Piazza del Campo, the heart of Sienna and to the other important buildings such as the Duomo and the Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala.
Famous for its Palio, the historical horses race, which takes place every year on 2nd July and 16th August, Sienna is also well-Known for its University, one of the oldest in Europe.
And for those who like the idea of a country free from cars, the centre of the town is a pedestrian area.

Not so many geografic areas all over the world can be proud of its natural and artistic heritage as Sienna can do.
North of its territory you can find the Chianti shire, with its vineyards and olive groves and charming towns such as San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. South of Sienna the Arbia Valley leads you to Montalcino, birthplace of the famous Brunello. But don't miss the Crete area, with its unique clay rocks.
Going to west you can reach the sea and its beautiful coast towns, as Castiglione della Pescaia and the natural reserve Maremma.

The wonderful Val d'Orcia goes from the hills south of Sienna to the Mount Amiata. Full of cornfields, little rivers, hamlets and medieval towns, such as Pienza, which was totally rebuilt in XV century.

This town, together with Castiglione d'Orcia and San Quirico are part of the "artistic, natural and cultural Val D'Orcia park". In 2004 the entire Val D'Orcia has been declared Unesco World Heritage Site.