The Palio of Siena, the world’s most famous horse race

Siena is one of the most fascinating provinces in Tuscany as well as a charming medieval town whose historical city centre was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1995 by Unesco. According to the legend, the sons of Remus – Romulus’ brother, who had founded Rome –founded it. The city is the province’s capital and has 53,000 inhabitants. It is historically known – mainly during the Renaissance – by its political and cultural rivalry against Florence, the other important city in Tuscany. Both competed for hosting the most promising artists of the time. That rivalry left a rich cultural heritage in the two cities. Located next to the wine region of Chianti – only 20 Km away from Villa Dievole – Siena has a special charm due to its similarities with its aspect during the 13th and 14th centuries. Tourists coming here will discover emblematic places, such as Siena’s cathedral and museum, which holds the famous ‘Madonna’ by the local artist Duccio di Buoninsegna; the fan-shaped Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse race is celebrated twice a year; the city council or Palazzo Pubblico and its bell tower, apart from another important art museum inside the building; and the Pinacoteca Nazionale, one of the most impressive art galleries in Italy, which is located inside the Palazzo Buonsignori. Discover the trace of the city’s Etruscan roots and the charm of its medieval squares and small streets with Dievole. Follow Dievole’s advice to make the most of your visit to Siena, no matter it is a romantic break, a single day trip or a longer stay. Siena is the ideal destination for art, wine and gastronomy lovers; it does not disappoint any visitor. The Tuscan town is also known by its university – founded in 1240 – which is one of the best universities in the country and it is the chosen destination of numerous Italian and foreign students. You can also enjoy the most emblematic medieval festivities in the province. In the local bars and restaurants, you will be able to taste a delicious Chianti Classico wine while touring this lovely Italian area. If you want to flee from the noise of a tourist and university town, you can look for accommodation in Villa Dievole and organise your visit to Siena from here.

The Palio of Siena, the world’s most famous horse race

The Palio of Siena is one of the most famous horseracing events in the world, remaining an important and vital part of Sienese culture for centuries. The Palio is held twice a year, on July 2 and August 16, when horses are raced around the town’s medieval piazza del Campo, but the Palio is much […]
June 13, 2019

Siena food markets: a tasty shopping guide

One of the best ways to experience Italy’s culture and flavours is to shop at a local market. From North to South, every city or small town has its own weekly market where you can buy seasonal fruit, vegetables, cheese, fresh fish and meat but also cheap clothing, shoes, bags, kitchen supplies and more! These […]
April 29, 2019
Cavallucci di Siena

Cavallucci di Siena: How to Make this Seasonal Treat

Cavallucci di Siena are a sweet flavour of the holiday season in Tuscany thanks to wintery flavours like aniseed and candied fruits. Here's the recipe.
December 20, 2018

Winter in Tuscany: a wondrous region this time of year

Tuscany is graced with four proper seasons – a long spring, a hot summer, a welcome autumn and finally wintertime – a magical affair enjoyed very much by locals. As tour groups depart its cities, there is a serene glow over the region and especially over its cities. Galleries are not busy and some are […]
December 13, 2018

Artisan Food: 6 delicious producers you should visit in Tuscany

What is artisan food and where can you get it in Tuscany? As someone who has lived in Italy for quite some time, I’m a natural skeptic: the adjective “artisanal” is (wrongly) applied to everything from commercial gelato to leather bags that were most definitely not made in Italy. Especially when it comes to food, […]
November 14, 2018
Offal in Tuscany: Not as awful as you think

Offal in Tuscany: Not as awful as you think

Do you think offal is awful? Tuscany has a long tradition of using these sometimes discarded animal parts in dishes you actually might find delicious! The offal has its origin in the San Lorenzo market, in the heart of Florence’s city center. There are butchers, greengrocers, bakers, fish sellers and tripe retailers. Here you can […]
November 9, 2018

14 Siena Photos that will make you wish you were here

Siena is a beautiful medieval city – and very close to Dievole! If you’re someone who gets inspired to travel through visual prompts, these Siena photos will have you booking a plane ticket for sure! Plan your trip to Tuscany’s second largest city; visit Siena for the Medieval architecture and charm that shine clearly through […]
August 13, 2018

Siena Cathedral: visit the Duomo and its spectacular floors

The Siena Cathedral or Duomo is an impressive work of art both inside and out. The imposing Medieval structure defines the city’s skyline and is practically a book to read through its sculpture and its decorations. While inside, the floors of this church are entirely made of intarsia marble narratives. Covered by carpets for protection, […]
July 3, 2018

Historic Steam Train from Siena and Florence

If you’ve seen the Harry Potter films, you can easily picture what an old steam engine train looks like. It’s the stuff of fantasy, yet in Tuscany, it’s reality! Not every train here, of course, is a historic steam train, but there is a special “Nature Train” (Trenonatura) that can give you the opportunity to […]
May 3, 2018

13 Original Things to do in Tuscany

If Tuscany is on your wish list of places to see, it’s time to start planning! Between special events, new museums and the beauties Tuscany offers year round, fitting everything in requires more time than a vacation offers. To help you out, we’ve scoured the web for the best and coolest things to do in Tuscany […]
February 12, 2018