Monteriggioni von Süden

Monteriggioni von Süden

Today's hike takes us to Siena, the capital of the province of Siena. The key impressions while hiking are extended landscapes and few agglomerations on our way. This will allow us to think about what we will be focusing on in Siena, a very attractive city being part of the UNESCO world heritage since 1995. Our trail ends on the «Piazza Il Campo» in the heart of the town.
Siena, Castello della Chiocciola

Siena, Castello della Chiocciola

The history of Siena goes back to Romulus and Remus, the roman twins who are said to have been nursed by a she-wolf. Senius, a son of Remus, has given his name to Siena. This transmission is also the reason for the she-wolf in the Siena emblem.

Siena experienced its best economic period between 1287 and 1355, when an alliance of 9 merchant families controlled the destinies of Siena, excluding any aristocrats. This period came to an end starting 1348, when the 'Black Death' killed more than half of the Siena inhabitants.

Siena: Castello di Villa

Siena: Castello di Villa

Among the many highlights of Siena, let's mention two of them. First, the «Piazza Il Campo», where the «Palio» takes place each summer, a competition on horseback between various fractions of the town, the competitors wearing historical costumes. As part of the Palazzo Publico on the same place , a tower of some 100 meters of altitude is open to the public and allows a breathtaking view over the Piazza and the city.

Siena: muschelförmige Piazza del Campo

Siena: muschelförmige Piazza del Campo

Second, the cathedral where both the interior as well as the bell tower are built with black and white marble, which makes a tremendous impression.

Note(s)

The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the most frequented section from Lausanne to Rome.