We start by visiting St. Dominic Church, built in
13th century, where there are works painted by Francesco di
Giorgio Martini, guido da Siena and frescoes painted by Sodoma.
Nearby there is St. Catherine's birthplace, transformed into a
We walk along Banchi di Sopra, the main street, flanked with
impressive façades of palaces and the Loggia of Merchants, a medieval courthouse
of rich merchants and bankers.
On the top of the hill it's possible to see the gorgeous
façade of Cathedral (the statues were sculptured by Giovanni Pisano) and the
ambitious plan of the new unfinished Cathedral. Before going to Piazza del
Campo, we can visit the romantic courtyard of Chigi Saracini Palace which is
today the seat of a prestigious musical Academy.
Piazza del Campo is the heart of the city and it looks like a
natural shell. All around there are beautiful palaces and monuments, such as
Fonte Gaia, the Town Hall and its Tower, known as Torre del Mangia. On the top
there is a fantastic view.