Siena: Tuscany's Gothic Glory

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Siena: Tuscany's Gothic Glory

Siena often gets less than a day from the travellers flocking to her famous (and over-crowded) rival, Florence. But Siena has a history of medieval power and wealth, thanks to its location on the Via

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Siena often gets less than a day from the travellers flocking to her famous (and over-crowded) rival, Florence. But Siena has a history of medieval power and wealth, thanks to its location on the Via Francigena and its significant papal connections, and it was among Italy’s most innovative cities in both the Gothic and Mannerist periods of art and architecture. It’s time to re-evaluate this elegant town, which is well-placed for both language study and excursions into the iconic countryside. With its proud tradition of celebrating all that is local, Siena is truly a jewel in Tuscany’s crown.