Siena, the pretty mountain town in Italy’s Tuscany region, was once one of the largest cities in Europe.
The original feature of Siena’s Palio, which occur in July and August every year, are how they transform the town, typically for a four-day period surrounding the races. The races, on bareback horses, have been an Italian tradition since 1656.
The Piazza del Campo is the nexus of the picturesque and bustling town. Travel video site Geobeats takes us to Siena’s square for a look at the shell-shaped area where residents and tourists converge to eat, talk, and admire the surrounding architecture.
Local wine, pasta, and olive oil aren’t the only delicacies a trip to Siena affords: Another special trait is panforte, a rich pastry containing nuts, honey, dried fruit and flour, and sometimes a “secret combination of spices.” Learn more from Geobeats’ video clip.
Tour Siena from the perspective of a Tuscan with the 360-degree view from Italy Guides, a site that compiles travel tips with intriguing visuals and interactive tools. Head to “Pictures of Siena” on the right-hand side for a slide-show of the town’s religious masterpieces and its secular gems: fountains, statues, and the well-known Courtyard de la Podestà.