Siena, a city in Italy, is well known for its gorgeous medieval architecture, delicious treats, and the famous Palio di Siena. The Palio is a horse race which takes place twice a year during the summer and engages the entire city with huge parades and celebrations. For tourists visiting, there’s so many things to do in Siena, whether you are looking for an eventful holiday with lot of activities, or a more easy vacation with nice strolls along cobbled streets. It is a vibrant city, inundated with culture and every year, Siena hosts visitors from all around the world.
If you visit Siena during July or August, you will be able to see the most popular event in the city, the Palio di Siena. This horse race is a historical event dating back to the 11th century. Local Italians are fiercely loyal to their team. The race takes place at the Piazza del Campo in the city center which is an architectural wonder itself.
Other sports such as basketball, baseball, and lacrosse have long had popularity in Siena. The city has excellent professional leagues and visitors to Siena will love to see the national competitions.
Another great place to visit is the Duomo, a beautiful Roman cathedral with an adjunct art museum where you will learn more about the history of the city.
As you walk through the streets of Siena, don’t forget to try the Sienese specialty desserts, such as small almond cakes, which are totally scrumptious.
Siena is a sunny and warm city, with high summer temperatures. Summer is the most popular time to visit Siena, especially due to the Palio. So make sure to help yourself to plenty of water and fresh juice while out in the cobbled streets. Another great thing about summer visits is the Siena Jazz Festival or the International Siena Jazz Masterclasses. This is a great opportunity to hear truly excellent music which features at least 30 concerts, held during this two-week festival.
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