Siena is a medieval jewel. This quiet and accessible city must be loved, because it is full of art, culture, great temples and museums, all bounded by countless aisles and hidden corners. According to rumor, Senius and Aschius were the sons of Remus.
That's why you will see a sculpture of a wolf in the town that nursed the mythical founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. In fact, Siena, like Florence, used to be an Etruscan settlement, and developed into the Roman colony of Saena Julia at the beginning of the first century AD.
Florence, one of the most important art centers in the world, home of many museums, galleries, churches and palaces of magnificence full of paintings, sculptures, frescoes and other valuable artefacts from the time of the greatest artistic flourishing of the past thousand years.
Famous names from the middle ages and the renaissance - Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Galileo and many others - still belong to the most sophisticated concepts of modern times. They are a reminder of the city that has had a major influence on the direction of western culture.
Lucca is one of those blessed historic cities, where, in the words of English essayist Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953), "everything is ... good." The ancient walls hide a tranquil and refined city whose historic center is an attractive mixture of squares, small churches, galleries, and cobbled streets.
Still, Lucca, in the words of American writer Henry James (1843-1916), "overflows everything that contributes to coolness, abundance, beauty, interest and good reputation." Lucca delicious, easy to visit in one day from Florence.
The only look at the San Gimignano silhouette and many ancient medieval towers will make it clear to you why this village is often called "Medieval Manhattan." The towers and textbook beauty of the town make it an abundantly frequented place, but it keeps its charm.
Here you will find a remarkable gallery, two churches with great frescoes and a wonderful, long view of the Tuscan countryside. The renowned Sangimignan towers began to appear around 1150. They served for various purposes, sometimes practical, sometimes rather bizarre.