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Siena

The medieval city of Siena is remarkably well preserved and boasts a mix of narrow streets, pretty open spaces and magnificent buildings focused around the great central Campo, a shell-shaped piazza. This Tuscan hill town initially developed under the Etruscans, before coming under the control of the Romans in about the first century BC. The Lombards then invaded the area around Siena and re-routed some of the region's major roads, so that they passed through the city. Countless pilgrims and traders on their way to Rome then came through Siena, cementing its position as a wealthy trading post. By the early 14th century Siena was one of Europe's richest cities, whose wealth funded the construction of many of the city's greatest buildings.

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In 1348 the Black Death arrived, and decimated the population. With only a quarter of its previous population, Siena lost much of its influence, and was absorbed into the Medici's Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1557. Over the next few centuries the role of Siena became ever more provincial, and as a result it was untouched by either of the World Wars. Soon after this time the city was discovered by tourists, and was in such a good state of preservation that its historic centre - largely dating back to the 14th century - was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the city's most famous and celebrated buildings is the spectacular Duomo. Built from alternating strips of black and white marble, the striped cathedral is one of Italy's greatest, and houses statues by Donatello, Bernini and Michelangelo as well as a unique and elaborate mosaic floor.

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Highlights of Tuscany
8/Jun
David Heywood
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“This was a real highlights package, with guided tours of Florence, Sienna and Pisa and visits to Lucca and San Gimignano, not to mention the magnificent country estate. The overnight stops in Turin and St Raphael added extra value. Our tour guide, Joanne, was magnificent, going the extra mile to make sure that we had all the information we needed and that everyone felt relaxed and included. The pace was easily manageable, with rest days at the right intervals. Highly recommended.
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Top to Toe of Italy
28 Oct 2023
Mr Noble
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“The hotels and travelling logistics was excellent and well planned. Communication prior to the holiday was good. The cities we visited and day excursions were well organised. Our tour guide was excellent always at hand to answer questions of iron out little snags. If any negative the organised evening meals were of poor quality, but overall it was a five star holiday.
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