This awesome skyline is known throughout the world for its towers, and legacy of a past in which power was demonstrated by an impressive architecture. During the struggle for supremacy between rival families, the loser's tower-house would be demolished and the winner's one elevated for even more height.   There were over seventy towers,...

by Carlo Marroni   One enters by passing under an ancient, frescoed 15th-century loggia. The streets of the city centre are left behind and, through the large glass door looms an unrivalled view of the Campo. This is the piazza where the Palio is raced twice a year. This is Siena.   And over the centuries in these ancient rooms - over...

The Siena Cathedral's Gate to Heaven opened on March 9 and will remain open until October 31, 2015. Thanks to a project by Opera della Metropolitana di Siena, visitors can now enjoy a unique view of the magnificent Romanesque-Gothic church built between the 13th and 14th centuries, from a place as high up as the stars.   The Tuscan city's cr...

Between naturalism and real life, between dream and reality: walking through the Santa Maria della Scala museum will take you into a special world where the art and history of one of Europe's oldest hospitals are brought to light.   Located along via della Francigena in Siena, Santa Maria della Scala used to be the hospital for abandoned chi...

One of the only things that can help salvage the "end of summer heartache" is the hearty food that accompanies the cooler temps of fall.   As we move away from light and fresh salads and fish we turn our attention to pasta and other belly-warming foods. We set out to find 5 tasty pasta dishes for you to try and came back with these...  ...

The history of Siena and its Cathedral is on display until September 30 right on the façade of the "new Cathedral", the uncompleted 14th-century cathedral known as "Facciatone". The front of the building turns into a splendid, 800-square-meter screen every day after sunset, coming to life with a wonderful 3D videomapping projection.   The hi...

The last inhabitants of Poggio Santa Cecilia, a village in Tuscany, abandoned it in the 1960s. Many residents left furniture in their unwanted homes, curtains at the windows and crockery in the cupboards. It has all been untouched since then, despite the village's having being sold into private ownership.   "We first started buying the farml...