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Province of Siena,Recommendations
#mynovgetaway Montepulciano is a medieval hilltop town in Tuscany, Italy. Surrounded by vineyards, it’s known for its vino nobile red wine. The Torre di Pulcinella is a clock tower topped by a figure of the Pulcinella, a commedia dell’arte character. On the Piazza Grande is the 14th-century Palazzo Comunale, with a tower offering views of the surrounding countryside. Also here is the Duomo, with a huge triptych above its altar. According to legend, it was founded by the Etruscan King Lars Porsena of Chiusi. Recent findings prove that a settlement was in existence in the 4th-3rd centuries BC. In Roman times it was the seat of a garrison guarding the main roads of the area. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it developed as a religious center under the Lombards. In the 12th century it was repeatedly attacked by the Republic of Siena, which the Poliziani faced with the help of the Perugia and Orvieto, and sometimes Florence, communes. The 14th century was characterized by constant struggles between the local noble families, until the Del Pecora family became rulers of the town. From 1390, Montepulciano was a loyal ally (and later possession of Florence and, until the mid-16th century, lived a period of splendour with architects such as Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Ippolito Scalza and others, building luxurious residences and other edifices here. In 1559, when Siena was conquered by Florence and Montepulciano lost its strategic role, its importance declined.
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Province of Siena,Recommendations
Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. Siena is said to have been founded by Senius, son of Remus, one of the two legendary founders of Rome thus Siena's emblem is the she-wolf who suckled Remus and Romulus - you'll find many statues throughout the city. The city sits over three hills with its heart the huge piazza del Campo, where the Roman forum used to be. Rebuilt during the rule of the Council of Nine, a quasi-democratic group from 1287 to 1355, the nine sections of the fan-like brick pavement of the piazza represent the council and symbolizes the Madonna's cloak which shelters Siena. The Campo is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower, Torre del Mangia. Along with the Duomo of Siena, the Palazzo Pubblico was also built during the same period of rule by the Council of Nine. The civic palace, built between 1297 and 1310, still houses the city's municipal offices much like Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Its internal courtyard has entrances to the Torre del Mangia and to the Civic Museum. If you feel energetic, a climb up the over 500 steps will reward you with a wonderful view of Siena and its surroundings. The Museum, on the other hand, offers some of the greatest of Sienese paintings. The Sala del Concistoro houses one of Domenico Beccafumi's best works, ceiling frescoes of allegories on the virtues of Siena's medieval government. But it is the Sala del Mappamondo and the Sale della Pace that hold the palaces's highlights: Simone Martini's huge Maestà and Equestrian Portrait of Guidoriccio da Fogliano and Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Allegories of Good and Bad Government, once considered the most important. #mynovgetaway #thanksgiving #mynovgetaway#thanksgiving
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Province of Siena,Recommendations
Abbazia di San Galgano
The spectacular remains of the ancient Abbey of San Galgano, a fascinating and evocative place that was home to one of the most important monasteries in Tuscany. The noble knight Galgano Guidotti, after giving up his life made up of ease and wealth, took up the Cistercian habit and decided to have a chapel built on Mount Siepi, where in 1180 he chose to die as a hermit. Subsequently, the Cistercian monks built an oratory and a building in honor of the monk, who became a saint. Thus was born the Abbey of San Galgano, a splendid monastery, considered today one of the most evocative and prestigious examples of Gothic-Cistercian architecture in Italy. In 1300 the abbey was devastated by the troops led by Giovanni Acuto and in 1400 the period of decline began, which then culminated in the decision to abolish the monastic orders. A short distance from the abbey is the hermitage of Montesiepi, which houses the mystery of 'Excalibur', the sword that San Galgano stuck in the rock when he decided to leave his noble life, to become a hermit. Putting his sword in the stone represented a gesture of peace for Galgano. Just four years after his death, in 1185, Pope Lucius III proclaimed him a saint, while the bishop of Volterra Ugo Saladini ordered that he be buried next to the rock where his sword is still stuck, and that a circular chapel be built over it. . A visit to the abbey is especially recommended for families, in particular the hermitage of Montesiepi, where the mystery of the sword in the stone, like all mysteries, continues to fascinate children and young people today. #mynovgetaway #thanksgiving #mynovgetaway#thanksgiving
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