A short distance from San Gimignano, Siena's walls protect the beating heart of an iconic place, a perfectly preserved archetype of a medieval city designed to blend into the surrounding landscape. As you pass through the fortified gates, the city of Gothic reveals itself in all its splendor made up of tower-houses, palaces, pointed arch windows, arches and alleyways shrouded in partial darkness.
The genius from Siena gave birth to something unique that has been bequeathed to the world: in the halls of the Palazzo Comunale you can find the masterful masterpieces by Simone Martini and Ambrogio Lorenzetti; in the splendid Duomo you find - among many wonders - the famous marble commessi floor (commessi: technique of working marble and semiprecious stones consisting of the execution of representations or decorative motifs) designed by the masters of the Renaissance.
From the underground to the sky, Siena never ceases to amaze us: the water network (known as the "bottini") represents an exceptional work, still used today, and even the roofs, which overlap one another in an intricate tangle, represent one of the beauties of this city.
Precisely because of its architectural features, the great cultural flourishing that has characterized it and its excellent state of preservation, the historic center of Siena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.