Hotels in Siena - Self-Catering
Accommodation in Siena
Siena by Orson Johnson
is a city that is located in Tuscany, Italy. The historic center of Siena
has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The main influences
for this decision are the Duoma, Siena's Cathedral and the Piazza del Campo.
The Piazza del Campo is regarded as one of the most beautiful and breathtaking
civic spaces in Europe.
The Piazza del Campo is the center
square of Siena. It is a formation of the conjunction of the three hills
on which the city was formed. The site was built in the 13th century and
is considered to be one the greatest medieval squares in Europe. It is
in this square that the famous Palio is held bi-annually.
After undergoing Feudal rule and
Episcopal rule, the area broke up into a number of small autonomous regions
in 1115. In 1167 the commune of Siena was declared independent and by 1179
there was a written constitution available for its governance.
Much like Venice, Siena is a place
of mystery and romance. The mystery associated with Siena stems from medieval
times: during the battle of Montaperti, it is believed that a white cloud
descended and provided cover to the Seines, aiding them to crush the enemy.
The Duomo di Milano or more commonly
known as the Duomo is a famous gothic cathedral. The striking white marble
is a sight to see. The main feature of the cathedral is the Madonnina's
spire which is placed at a height of 108.5 meters and was designed by Francesco.
The construction of the cathedral began well back in 1386 and was completed
in1965 by which time renovation work was also taking place along with the
is an international event that is held annually which is called the Palio.
This is an event held on the second of July and the Sixteenth of August
every year and is facing more controversies in recent years with the ill
treatment meted out to the horses and injuries that the riders suffer from.
The horse race is conducted throughout the city over a set track and has
become a major tourist attraction for tourists from all over the world.
The race is conducted between the
different contradas of Siena; these are made up of the neighborhoods of
the city of Siena. In the ancient times there were seventeen contradas,
each depicted by a design of the contrada.
This is the color and the arms of
the contrada. Although there are seventeen contradas, only ten horses are
allowed to participate in the race. In this year ten contradas participate,
the following race sees the other seven contradas taking part by default.
Three other horses are selected randomly.
The first horse race in the region
began with the Grand Duke Tuscany setting bull fighting as an out lawful
activity. The first Palio took place in the year 1650 and was held only
on the 2nd of July. This day was chosen as it was the day of the feast
of the Visitation. This day was also marked as the day of a local festival
in the honor of Madonna of Provenzano.
Hotels in Siena
Accommodation in Siena
About the Author - Orson
Johnson writes for
Velvet, a website providing listings for bed and breakfasts, hotels,
apartment and villas in Tuscany