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Siena is an important reference point for Villa Il Colombaio as it is about 20 Km away thus only a 20 minute drive

Siena’s origins date back to Etruscan times and its name is derived from the Roman name "Saina", given in the year 90 B.C. when it was incorporated into the empire.

Siena is a paradigm of the medieval city as that was the time when it flourished and even today has most of its magic intact. During the middle ages Siena’s economy boomed, because it was in the way of the Via Francigena that ran from Rome to Lucca, and was safer than the alternative road that ran from the coast to the Apennines.

When you visit this city you must ensure to see the Piazza del Campo, fantastic for its shell shape, delimited on the southeast side by the long facade of the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia and on the north side by several beautiful old palaces with mullioned windows. At its centre, stands a fountain made by Jacopo della Quercia (1419) known as Fonte Gaia.

Also worth visiting is the Duomo (the Cathedral) with unique, fabulously encased mosaic floors and sculptures and paintings by Michelangelo, Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Duccio di Buoninsegna and Simone Martini. While visiting the Torre del Mangia you will want to go all the way up the stairs to view Siena from above, and notice all the beautiful buildings throughout the city, such as the Palazzo Tolomei the oldest private palace in Siena.

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