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Siena is a city with a beautiful 14th century Gothic look absorbed by the grace and serenity of the surrounding countryside. The buildings are built of reddish-brown brick, the colour known to artists as "burnt siena'.

Siena lies on six hills, as a result of which parts of it will play tricks on you as you wander around, by appearing and disappearing! The town, with its labyrinth of steep and winding streets, is flanked by ancient palaces and houses gathered in a picturesque disorder.

The beauty of Siena however, shows itself particularly in the Piazza del Duomo and in the Piazza del Campo. The pink shell of the Campo, shows itself suddenly among the houses and palaces of the medieval city. Inside the majority of Italian cathedrals tend to be somewhat bare, but Siena's Duomo is an exception. It is packed full of interesting things to see.

Sena Vetus: Antichitá, Via di Cittá 53, is a tempting antique shop. For a well stocked book shop try Libreria Senese in Via di Cittá 66. If you are looking for ceramics, Neri: Ceramiche Santa Caterina in the same street is worth a look, Via di Cittá 51. And if you are wanting historic or modern posters, then Stampe Cornici Bianchi is the place for you at Via di Cittá 112.

The Feast of Santa Lucia, in December, is celebrated with a massive outdoor display of pottery and ceramics. During the Feast of San Giuseppe, in March, tournaments, donkey races and floats can all be enjoyed.

Nuove Donzelle is a treat for those on a budget, Via delle Donzelle 1. Osteria Le Logge is a trattoria serving gourmet food at good prices, Via del Porrione 30. Ristorante Da Renzo is a family restaurant with a fixed price menu, Via delle Terme 14.

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