Siena is known throughout the world for its great artistic heritage and the harmonious style of its urban structure. The Duomo is on of Italy’s best examples of Romanesque-Gothic architecture and one can admire its many masterpieces inside including Pisano’s pulpit and the marble pictographic floors that took centuries to complete. At the heart of the city, spread out like a scallop shell, one of the most beautiful public squares in the world, Piazza del Campo. Alongside the city hall (Palazzo Pubblico) which faces the square there is the entry to the “Torre del Mangia” bell tower, from which you can enjoy a dramatic panorama not only of the city but the surrounding Sienese countryside (on a clear day you can see all the way to Castello Banfi!). The Campo itself is the scene twice a year of the medieval horse race, the Palio, which takes place on July 2 in honor of the Our Lady of Provenzano and on August 16 in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption. The unique contest involves the entire city throughout the course of the year, and attracts crowds from around the world.