sculptorPiazza del Campo, the main public space in the historic center of Siena, Italy, is considered one of the most famous medieval squares in Europe, and is known worldwide for its beauty and architectural integrity. It was paved with red bricks of fishbone in 1349, with eight travertine lines that split the square into nine sections, radiating from the central drain to the entire square.
sculptorAn Italian hill town southwest of Florence. Its old town is surrounded by 13th-century walls and is known for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about 12 tower houses. Inside the walls, well-preserved buildings include famous examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and outstanding examples of secular architecture and churches.
翱翔的大鲨鱼This joyous fountain in the center of Tianyuan Plaza is truly a place well-deserved. You must be happy to come to this place. It is said that this is the first public fountain square in Italy, and it is worth a visit.
suifeng2019The well in the square used to be an important source of water for San Gimignano, and it is now firmly occupied by tourists. There are coffee shops, souvenir shops and restaurants around Shuijing Square.
fooler0809With a very upright and stable architectural shape, the tower is like a ruler to alert people and overlook them. He faces the Shell Square, the courtyard can be accessed, and the outer wall of the first floor still retains the iron ring to tie the horse.
suifeng2019Climb to the Grossa Tower, and you can have a panoramic view of the town, with picturesque olive groves and vineyards in the distance. We always climb to the top in different places every day, but because of the different scenery, we are tired and happy.
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Relaxing my feet in the free natural hot springs of Bagno Vignoni
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#mynovgetaway Montepulciano is a medieval hilltop town in Tuscany, Italy. Surrounded by vineyards, it’s known for its vino nobile red wine. The Torre di Pulcinella is a clock tower topped by a figure of the Pulcinella, a commedia dell’arte character. On the Piazza Grande is the 14th-century Palazzo Comunale, with a tower offering views of the surrounding countryside. Also here is the Duomo, with a huge triptych above its altar. According to legend, it was founded by the Etruscan King Lars Porsena of Chiusi. Recent findings prove that a settlement was in existence in the 4th-3rd centuries BC. In Roman times it was the seat of a garrison guarding the main roads of the area.
After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it developed as a religious center under the Lombards. In the 12th century it was repeatedly attacked by the Republic of Siena, which the Poliziani faced with the help of the Perugia and Orvieto, and sometimes Florence, communes. The 14th century was characterized by constant struggles between the local noble families, until the Del Pecora family became rulers of the town. From 1390, Montepulciano was a loyal ally (and later possession of Florence and, until the mid-16th century, lived a period of splendour with architects such as Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Ippolito Scalza and others, building luxurious residences and other edifices here. In 1559, when Siena was conquered by Florence and Montepulciano lost its strategic role, its importance declined.
Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.
Siena is said to have been founded by Senius, son of Remus, one of the two legendary founders of Rome thus Siena's emblem is the she-wolf who suckled Remus and Romulus - you'll find many statues throughout the city. The city sits over three hills with its heart the huge piazza del Campo, where the Roman forum used to be. Rebuilt during the rule of the Council of Nine, a quasi-democratic group from 1287 to 1355, the nine sections of the fan-like brick pavement of the piazza represent the council and symbolizes the Madonna's cloak which shelters Siena.
The Campo is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower, Torre del Mangia. Along with the Duomo of Siena, the Palazzo Pubblico was also built during the same period of rule by the Council of Nine. The civic palace, built between 1297 and 1310, still houses the city's municipal offices much like Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Its internal courtyard has entrances to the Torre del Mangia and to the Civic Museum. If you feel energetic, a climb up the over 500 steps will reward you with a wonderful view of Siena and its surroundings. The Museum, on the other hand, offers some of the greatest of Sienese paintings. The Sala del Concistoro houses one of Domenico Beccafumi's best works, ceiling frescoes of allegories on the virtues of Siena's medieval government. But it is the Sala del Mappamondo and the Sale della Pace that hold the palaces's highlights: Simone Martini's huge Maestà and Equestrian Portrait of Guidoriccio da Fogliano and Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Allegories of Good and Bad Government, once considered the most important.
Monteriggioni is a comune in the province of Siena in the Italian region of Tuscany. It borders on the communes of Casole d'Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Poggibonsi, Siena and Sovicille.The town is architecturally and culturally significant; it hosts several piazzas, and is referenced in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Monteriggioni is a medieval walled town, located on a natural hillock, built by the Sienese in 1214–19 as a front line in their wars against Florence,by assuming command of the Via Cassia running through the Val d'Elsa and Val Staggia to the west.
During the conflicts between Siena and Florence in the Middle Ages, the city was strategically placed as a defensive fortification.It also withstood many attacks from both the Florentines and the forces of the Bishop of Volterra.In 1554 the Sienese were able to place control of the town's garrison to Giovannino Zeti, who had been exiled from Florence.In 1554, in an act of reconciliation with the Medicis, Zeti simply handed the keys of the town over to the Medicean forces— considered a "great betrayal" by the town's people.
The spectacular remains of the ancient Abbey of San Galgano, a fascinating and evocative place that was home to one of the most important monasteries in Tuscany. The noble knight Galgano Guidotti, after giving up his life made up of ease and wealth, took up the Cistercian habit and decided to have a chapel built on Mount Siepi, where in 1180 he chose to die as a hermit.
Subsequently, the Cistercian monks built an oratory and a building in honor of the monk, who became a saint. Thus was born the Abbey of San Galgano, a splendid monastery, considered today one of the most evocative and prestigious examples of Gothic-Cistercian architecture in Italy. In 1300 the abbey was devastated by the troops led by Giovanni Acuto and in 1400 the period of decline began, which then culminated in the decision to abolish the monastic orders.
A short distance from the abbey is the hermitage of Montesiepi, which houses the mystery of 'Excalibur', the sword that San Galgano stuck in the rock when he decided to leave his noble life, to become a hermit. Putting his sword in the stone represented a gesture of peace for Galgano. Just four years after his death, in 1185, Pope Lucius III proclaimed him a saint, while the bishop of Volterra Ugo Saladini ordered that he be buried next to the rock where his sword is still stuck, and that a circular chapel be built over it. .
A visit to the abbey is especially recommended for families, in particular the hermitage of Montesiepi, where the mystery of the sword in the stone, like all mysteries, continues to fascinate children and young people today.
Sitting on top of a big butte of volcanic tuff, Orvieto retains large signs of its Etrurian past, so much so that the first thing that stood out to me was the light brown tones across its alleys and its roads.
The Duomo cathedral is the main attraction. The church was built in the 14th century and is dedicated to the Ascending of the Virgin Mary. Aesthetically it might remind you of the more famous Cathedral of Siena, obviously because of its roman-gothic style! This one in Orvieto is one of the most significant in Italy.
Don’t miss a visit to another landmark of note, like Torre del Moro for a sunset view of the town and the surrounding hills, Pozzo di San Patrizio and Fortezza Albornoz!
Since we are in Umbria, food plays a unique role. Local cuisine is highly appreciated thanks to its cured meats and other traditional dishes. If you’re planning a road trip across Italy, don’t miss this part of the country for its authenticity.
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Just an hour south of Siena, you'll find this area that might resemble one you've seen in movies like The Gladiator, The English Patient, or Romeo & Juliet. Know as Val d’Orcia, this valley is dense with long, perfect cypress trees roads, and postcard-ish houses on top of too-beautiful-to-be-true hills.
Tip: For an amazing stay, book at Podere Terrapille in Pienza!
Pienza is probably the most known town here, a lovely medieval center that oversees the whole area and awards you with unforgettable panoramas and memories.
The local culinary experience is rich and super yummy. You'll get used to prelacies like cinta senese, pecorino toscano, pici (a type of pasta) or lampredotto. You'll have a hard time picking a restaurant where tasting the genuine Tuscan cuisine, the choice is so vast!
Also, where to sleep? Bed and breakfasts and “poderi” are everywhere, most of them are gifted by enchanted views of the surrounding hills. Consider a visit to the close villages of Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni and San Quirico d’Orcia, as long as insanely beautiful places like Cappella di Vitaleta. A week here will make you feel rejuvenated!
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Under the sun of Tuscany! The scenery is so amazing, It's like walking into a postcard.
This is a huge building located in the heart of Siena old city, which is reachable by bus for about an hour from Florence. It is usually where people sit down and relax, since there are many cafes as well around #happynewyear #italy