IAU 2015 International Conference
Siena and its surroundings
Tuscany, Italy

From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. Seven Tuscan localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Florence (1982); the historical centre of Siena (1995); the square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987); the historical centre of San Gimignano (1990); the historical centre of Pienza (1996); the Val d'Orcia (2004), and Medici Villas and Gardens (2013). Tuscany has over 120 protected nature reserves making it one of the most beautiful place in the world.

Tuscany is famous all around the world for its colors, tastes and scents: it is a region of excellence in the area of food and wine. Its lands produce highly appreciated wines, such as the Chianti Classico and the Brunello di Montalcino, that are known worldwide. Just as important are the region's productions of Tuscan olive oil and local cheeses (Pecorino di Pienza) and cold cuts (such as salumi di cinta senese). Tuscan cuisine distinguishes itself for its tasty dishes made with genuine, natural ingredients which make even the simplest dishes true delicacies to savor and enjoy (bistecca Fiorentina, cinghiale, pappa al pomodoro, ribollita among many others).

Siena in a few words

Siena is located in the hearth of Tuscany and is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Italy. 

The historic centre of Siena, with its ancient buildings and churches, has been declared by UNESCO a Word Heritage Site. Once in Siena you should not miss to visit the Torre del Mangia, the Palazzo Pubblico, the Piazza del Campo where the annual Palio horse race takes place twice a year and the majestic Cathedral. 

You should absolutely not miss to visit museums that houses historical frescos and art treasures. Siena is famous also for its landscape and surroundings. It is an excellent base for excursions in Tuscany and its charming towns such as PienzaSan Gimignano and Montalcino.

How to move in Siena?

Siena  is a small city, not designed for cars. It was one of the first European cities to limit motor traffic in its historic centre, which is now only pedestrian. However, since everything is close, it is possible to walk from and to any location.

A fleet of small buses provides links between the main areas (for more information and bus schedules please visit: www.tiemmespa.it - in italian)

It is a bit problematic to park for free, but many parking areas are available at a walking distance from the historical center (please visit: www.sienaparcheggi.com - in italian).

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