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Step back in time amongst the streets of Siena

With our inspiring collection of sprawling family villas and beautiful frescoed apartments spreading right across the captivating region of Tuscany, guests find that they are spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring the iconic cities that lie within it's boundaries. From the legendary leaning tower of Pisa, to the utterly romantic Florence, our handpicked collection of self-catering stays are perfectly positioned to discover all that Tuscany has to offer.

Join us, as we take a closer look at the magical city of Siena, famed for it's historic culture...

The capital city of the province of Siena shares the same name, and is steeped in history and a charming regional culture. Similar to it's other Tuscan counterparts, Siena is a beautiful walled city and is most famous for the 'Palio' - a traditional horse race in the main square.

With ancient roots, the Palio is more like a medieval joust in which ten contestants battle till the end, with the final victory meaning power and honour for the victor. Visitors are welcome to watch the Palio trials amongst the council benches around the square (€5 for the morning trials and €10 for the afternoon), but come the palio finals, it's best to find another corner of this gorgeous city to explore as it's an incredibly popular event!

The historic aspects of Siena have been deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the reason why is clear when you stroll around the atmospheric city. The focal point is a wonderful black and white Cathedral built between the 12th and 13th century, where inside you can find the Piccolomini library. Interestingly, it was meant to be the largest cathedral in Italy, but due to the plague, it was never finished.

A visit to Siena is just 45 minutes through the scenic Italian countryside, from the following villas:
Olivo 1, Olivo 2, Olivo 3 & Olivo 4

If you would like to find out more on our Tuscan collection, call our Xplore Team today on 01625 416430 or e-mail [email protected]