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Province of Siena

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Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Churches
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".
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Places to visit in Province of Siena

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Popular things to do in Province of Siena

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Centro Storico di Siena
Historic Site
Centro Storico di Siena Siena
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Piazza del Campo ©
World heritage site
Piazza del Campo Siena
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Duomo di Siena ©
World heritage site
Duomo di Siena Siena
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Torre del Mangia ©
World heritage site
Torre del Mangia Siena
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Province of Siena

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Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Religious Site
Abbazia di San Galgano Chiusdino
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Site
Historic Centre of San Gimignano San Gimignano
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico ©
Church
Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico Siena
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
Battistero di San Giovanni ©
Religious Site
Battistero di San Giovanni Siena
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Province of Siena

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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala ©
Art Museum
Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala Siena
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Pinacoteca Nazionale ©
Art Museum
Pinacoteca Nazionale Siena
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana ©
Art Museum
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana Siena
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
San Gimignano 1300 ©
History Museum
San Gimignano 1300 San Gimignano
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Province of Siena

Fontebranda ©
Fountain
Fontebranda Siena
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
San Francesco ©
Religious Site
San Francesco Siena
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Duration: 30 minutes
Casa di Santa Caterina ©
Historic Site
Casa di Santa Caterina Siena
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Torre Grossa ©
Historic Site
Torre Grossa San Gimignano
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Wineries in Province of Siena

Poggio Amorelli ©
Winery / Vineyard
Poggio Amorelli Castellina In Chianti
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Siena
4.9
Duration: 5 hours
Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni ©
Winery / Vineyard
Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni Montalcino
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Tenuta Torciano ©
Winery / Vineyard
Tenuta Torciano Ulignano
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Province of Siena

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Siena Tartufi (truffle hunting) ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Siena Tartufi (truffle hunting) Siena
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
San Quirico d'Orcia ©
Civic Center
San Quirico d'Orcia San Quirico d'Orcia
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Centopercento Camicie ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Centopercento Camicie Siena
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Piazza del Mercato ©
Flea Market
Piazza del Mercato Siena
3.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Podere Il Cocco ©
Winery / Vineyard
Podere Il Cocco Montalcino
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
La Taverna del Pecorino ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
La Taverna del Pecorino Pienza
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Oibo Re-Design ©
Art Gallery
Oibo Re-Design San Gimignano
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Tuscany Bicycle ©
Outdoor Activity
Tuscany Bicycle Gaiole in Chianti
4.8
Duration: 8 hours