Where are the Unesco World Heritage Sites?
This achievement is proving how Siena, thanks to the historical events, had been preserved in its medieval shape, with a charming atmosphere taking us back into the Middleage everytime we are wondering on its centre. Moreover sienese strong traditions with festival, music, and finally the Palio horse Race make this town very lively and interesting to be visited all year round.
The historical centre of Siena
Since XIII c. Siena was an important town on Via Francigena which was the main road linking France to Rome. Thanks to its medieval overall aspect it has been often defined as the “Gothic dream”. Its historical centre is a typical medieval city model with a town hall and a campo Square, elegant palaces with towers and churches, as well as the most narrow streets and alleys. The artistic heritage presents in its museums and churches as well as the original complex of the Cathedral and The Hospital Santa Maria della Scala give us an idea of how important is Siena from the artistic point of view and much we have to do to preserve it through the centuries.
San Gimignano – the town of the towers
Originally there were 72 towers San Gimignano and today only 13 left. It represents worldwide the image of the medieval city of towers a sort of “Medieval Manhattan”. The extraordinary urban layout is enriched by a romanic Cathedral and the museums with locat paintings and frescos. From the forteress of San Gimignano you can enjoy a great view of all the countryside.
Pienza – Historical Centre
Pienza is an ideal city and that’s why its overall aspect is so different from the other towns. It represents the “perfect town” strongly desired by Pope II, Enea Silvio Piccolomini (who was born in Corsignano, a little village closeby). Thanks to a famous architect of XV century, Bernardo Rossellini, Pienza became the symbol of architectural and Renaissance perfection, according to the humanistic thought of the period.
The Val d’Orcia is a unique landscape, created by man with many centuries of work. It is a perfect harmony of hilltop medieval villages, vineyards, meadows and mountains. Very famous for photos, films and video especially the Cypresses in Val d’Orcia are represented as a symbol of Tuscany. Most of famous italian and foreign movies have been filmed here. From may to december it is possible to visit the val d’orcia on a Steam Train.
If you decide to discover more about it, Borgo Grondaie is located strategically to visit the 4 Unesco World Heritage Sites as well as Siena city centre. Check our web site to see our special offer for 2018!
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Edited by Hotel Borgo Grondaie