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Siena

In scenic hill country just south of Florence, this picturesque, well-preserved medieval town lies in the Tuscany region. A bitter competitor with Florence for much of its history, Siena is a treasure trove of art, pageantry and architecture. Visit Giovanni Pisano’s wonderful black-and-white Gothic cathedral (don’t miss the magnificent Bernini statue of Mary Magdalene hidden away in a niche of the Chigi Chapel or the dazzling inlaid marble floors) and tour the Palazzo Pubblico (for its world-famous frescoes, The Effects of Good and Bad Government). You can climb the adjoining Torre del Mangia for a wonderful view over the city. 43 mi/70 km south of Florence.

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