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Surrounded by olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti, Siena is one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany. Set on three hills, the city is drawn together by winding alleyways and steep steps, whilst the Piazza del Campo (where the famous horse-race IL PALIO takes place twice a year) stands at its heart, and the Duomo (the magnificent Gothic Cathedral) and St Maria della Scala (the Old Hospital) serve as additional cultural landmarks. Famed for the "Palio", the annual historic horse-race that take place on 2 July and 16 August, it is also home to one of the oldest Universities in Europe. In addition to the bustling daily life of the streets and squares of the city, Siena offers many cultural events, concerts, cinema, theatre, beautiful shops selling lots of local specialties, nice cafés and restaurants and a wide range of sporting activities.
Few geographical areas in the world can boast such a variety of environment as that, that surrounds Siena. To the north, we have the richness of the Chianti landscape, woven with vineyards and olive-groves throughout the hills. Here also are to be found beautiful towns such as San Gimignano and Monteriggioni with old walls, winding streets and incredible views. South of Siena, the Arbia valley leads to the hill-top town of Montalcino, home to the famous Brunello wine. And the area Le Crete stretches out, amazing visitors with its harsh rock formations and unique landscape. Westwards we head towards the coast, to captivating coastline towns like Castiglione della , and nature reserves like the area called Maremma. North-East of Siena we find The Chianti area, with one of the most beautiful countryside in Italy and famed for its wines, that are appreciated all over the world.


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