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Authoritative towers, Gothic grandeur and medieval monuments constitute the stunning cityscape of Siena. Hailed as one of Italy’s most pleasant and picturesque historic cities, Siena transports visitors back to the prosperous past with its alluring architectural array. Visitors are sure to recognise the city due to its starring role in many holiday blockbusters, an achievement that only enhances its aesthetic appeal; residing over three hills, the city undulates beautifully with its panoramic vantage points, expansive plazas and atmospheric fortresses. In typical Italian style, the gastronomical scene is mouth-watering and magnificent; an excellent combination of both refined and rustic restaurants are sure to appeal to every type of palate.
With its extravagantly embellished white façade and vertiginous towers, the Opera della Metropolitana di Siena is undoubtedly one of Siena’s, if not the country’s, most stunning sights. The extravagant group of ecclesiastical buildings features a subterranean crypt, a dazzling dome and a beautiful baptistery. The sacred structures exude an air of religious resplendence and should be at the top of any Italian itinerary.
Smothered with fabulous frescoes, the rooms of Siena’s internationally renowned Museo Civico are home to some of Europe’s most revered works of art. The wonderfully curated collection primarily feature religious works, highlights of which include depictions of the saintly Virgin Mary and allegorical ceiling frescoes.
Elegant and exquisite, Tre Cristi restaurant is a delightful diner housed in a 15th century building. The interior is inspired by the city’s rich historic heritage and boasts a fine selection of medieval artworks. Magnificent Mediterranean dishes encompass the flavour and flair of the region while also using locally sourced, fresh produce. (Via Salvani Provenzano, Siena, Italy)