UNESCO sites in the Siena area

Four must-see World Heritage Sites

While in Tuscany, don’t miss the chance to view four exciting places that Unesco has declared Heritage for Humanity sites. Siena is an inventive masterpiece and its buildings were designed as part of a masterful urban plan that is in perfect harmony with its surrounding cultural landscape.
Siena
Siena - Credit: Gret@Lorenz

Another must-see site is Pienza. This ideal city commissioned by Pius II, was added to the Unesco hall of fame in 1996. It is considered a universal city that reflects Humanistic principles in its urban plan, representing the concept of the ideal city. Pienza played a fundamental role in successively influencing urban development in Italy. 

San Gimignano
San Gimignano is known as the Manhattan of the middle ages is part of the Unesco family since 1990, it represents a prime example of creative genius and civic culture. This charming town reflects the technical, architectural and landscape-linked values of one of humanity’s most significant cultural epochs.
Val d'Orcia
Val d'Orcia - Credit: Flavia Cori
Val d’Orcia is an example of universal, rural values. In 2004, the Committee decided to add the entire Val d’Orcia area to its list of World Heritage Sites, as it reflects how natural landscape was redesigned during the Renaissance to showcase the ideals of good government and uphold well-developed esthetic principles.
 
Landscape paintings of the Val d’Orcia area were popular in the Renaissance and they profoundly influenced the genre in Tuscany throughout the centuries that followed. These four cardinal points of interest are nestled in pristine landscape.
 
While in the area, make sure to appreciate the lush Amiata forests, the lovely Val di Merse, the elegance of the Chianti territory, the harmony of the Val di Chiana, the power of the Crete and the magic of the Val d’Elsa.
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