Piazza del Campo (aka Il Campo), the enormous town square where Il Palio takes place twice a year.
Siena is of course best known for its thrilling and dangerous bareback horse races in July and August, Il Palio, that skids around Piazza del Campo, the city’s beautiful scallop-shaped market square. But Siena has a lot more to it than historically nutty nag thrashing.
Enclosed by an ancient wall, Siena is Europe’s best preserved medieval town, containing many outstanding works of art and architecture.
The entire town is in warm terracotta bricks, with a laid-back atmosphere and pedestrian friendly streets that make it a delight to walk around, though motorbikes and small public vehicle can be aggressive sharers.
The historic centre of the city is a UNESCO a World Heritage Site and one of Tuscany’s most popular tourist attractions.
A classic Tuscan hill town, Siena was first settled about 900–400 BC by an Etruscan tribe known as the the Saina who were famously advance in terms of architecture, lifestyle and culture.