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Siena, the soul of Tuscany

Siena, Italy. Photo by: Dean Ayres http://www.flickr.com/photos/deano/2683065671/

Siena, the soul of Tuscany

It is probably best known for a medieval horse race, Il Palio, conducted for the last 350 years twice in the summer (on June 2nd and August 16th) around the centre of Siena’s beautiful “Campo” square. Palio is a wonderful experience for eveyone but can be quite impenetrable for the visitors. For many, is a once in a lifetime experience.

Besides Il Palio, it is certainly worth seeing Duomo’s Cathedral (I recommend visiting the Piccolomino library -hidden behind a small door-, and going for mass in this, probably, Tuscany’s best Cathedral). You can also climb on top of the Torre di Mangia, where you’ll enjoy a beautiful panorama of the Sienese city center and tuscan countryside. Apart from this, you should simply sit on the Piazza del Campo sipping wine and watch the world go by 🙂

Interesting links: Siena, Things to do
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Lucca, a beautiful town in the Tuscany

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Lucca, a beautiful town in the Tuscany

A 30 minutes drive from Pisa or the mediterranean sea you’ll find Lucca, one of the best places to visit in Tuscany and one of the best places in the world. An enormously thick 15th-century wall (on top of which you can walk or cycle and enjoy nice views of the town), protects some of Italy’s finest medieval architecture.

Besides the Duomo of San Martino or the Church of San Frediano, I’d suggest simply walking down the streets and enjoying the multiple palaces, have a superb cafe at any of the tiny bars, an ice cream at the wonderful italian gelaterias or having dinner late at night at any of the multiple romantic restaurants. Don’t forget to visit Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, a beautiful circle square that used to shelter the roman spectacles, and climb the 130 ft. Guinigi tower on top of which you’ll enjoy the best views of Lucca… under the shade of an oak tree!! Yes, an oak tree on top of the tower 🙂
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