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siena

The Palio, the charm of the districts and Piazza del Campo, the State Archives and the National Art Gallery... leave your car outside the walls that surround the old town, walk the stone streets of the center and you will feel like going back in time! Siena is one of the most fascinating cities in Italy.

While Florence, its historical rival, has experienced its greatest splendor during the Renaissance, the masterpieces of art and architecture of this city are mostly Gothic. The medieval center is full of majestic buildings such as the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall, finished in 1297, now houses the Museo Civico), while in many churches and small museums houses a rich heritage of artistic works.

The visit to the cathedral will blow your mind! And if the facade is now in the popular imagination, the inside is a constant surprise: the statue of St. John the Baptist, made ​​by Donatello and kept in a chapel in the north transept, is perhaps the most fascinating treasure.

Do not miss the Baptistery of San Giovanni, where you can see the shoots of the Baptist Lorenzo Ghiberti and Donatello's Feast of Herod.