Cor magis tibi Sena pandit.
Siena opens a bigger heart to you (than the door you're going through)
Siena can be seen from afar shining perfectly in its medieval balance. The three hills on which it sits stand out in an idyllic country landscape, in which the boundaries of the ancient center fade like in the past in a countryside that at times still looks like the one portrayed in the Allegory of Good Government painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the rooms of the Palazzo Pubblico. Siena, intact for centuries, shows itself today to a great extent as it appeared in the 1300s, the conservation of a unique and coherent medieval architectural heritage is one of the main reasons for visiting a splendid city.
The epoch of maximum splendor of the city, coincided with the emergence of Siena as a rival of Florence, was reached in the middle of the Middle Ages, a period that saw the city, at the height of its historical-economic evolution, take its current form:
in the course of a few decades the splendid Palazzo Pubblico was erected with the very tall Torre del Mangia, the beautiful Piazza del Campo was paved with travertine ribs to draw its characteristic shell shape and the famous Cathedral was erected, which the Sienese intended to even expand, a project that was definitively shelved (but of which the traces in Piazza Jacopo della Quercia are clearly visible, where the columns of what should have been the new naves and the "facciatone" are recognizable) due to the black plague epidemic that shocked the city in 1348.
The unique atmosphere that reigns in Siena, the city where every stone has remained unchanged over the centuries, is due precisely to this jealously handed down of the mysterious and spectacular customs of the fathers, whose most striking manifestation can be seen twice a year in the days of the Palio. The Palio it is not a revived and organized event for tourism purposes: it is the life of the Sienese people over time and in its various aspects and feelings. It has remote origins, with some regulations still valid from 1633, the year in which it is documented with certainty that the first Palio with horses was run, as it still happens, in continuity never interrupted (with the exception of the period of the two world wars of the 20th century and the Covid-19 epidemic).
In a world where interpersonal relationships become increasingly difficult, in a society where myths and certainties fall one by one, in Siena the Contrada remains.
Among the many traditions of this ancient city of Etruscan origin we cannot forget the cuisine, you can enjoy it at the restaurant where the handmade pici and the Chianina steaks arrive on the table. For shopping there are pecorino cheese, extra virgin olive oil and tasty salami, especially the Cinta Senese ham, the medieval pig that we still raise in the woods today.
For gourmands there are panforte, ricciarelli and cavallucci just out of the oven. They have a wonderful smell of spices and tell you the story of an ancient, noble and passionate city.
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