Siena has so much splendid architecture, palaces and renaissance art in abundance.
The contrade district is actually a small state having it's own traditions including it's own flag and emblem, this is the focal point of the town with the the Museum of contrada at the heart. The Oratory of the museum is a very intimate place containing historical douments and stunning relics of Palio to which a horse race is dedicated. Because of it's exclusivity with little publicity it really feels like a unique and special experience.
The magnificent Cathedral contains 13th & 14th century Gothic art and gives you a real feel for the authenticity of the town and is a must see, as well as the towns palaces and wonderful architecture. After admiring the views you can wonder down to the beautiful Palazzo on the Piazza del Campo of which the town hall is the focal point.
Siena Duomo Interior
Wondering around Siena is a real pleasure around every corner or there is a sight to admire, it really is a unique experience and all centered around the contrade district. Meaning that you can see the main sites and visit all the tourist areas on foot, a wonderful way to spend your time.
Palio di Siena
Not far from Siena is San Gimignano, a tiny walled town with cobblestone streets and small squares famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and works of art. There is a small museum located on this hill-top town that includes valuable works of art.
As this is a very traditional town you can still see skilled craftsman practising their art of producing handmade objects to a very high standard and later on you can wander through this beautiful old town and try their award winning ice cream.