Once a republic all its own, this hilly town is said to trace its roots back to the sons of Remus of Roman legend. Its center is one of the nation’s most visited attractions, and for good reason: its cuisine, art, museums, and medieval architecture is a joy to behold. Sync your visit with the twice annual horse race, Palio, and you’ll find this town as rich as the wine the region’s known for.

Good to Know

  • No overt gay scene, though many gay-friendly venues
  • Discretion is advised
  • Civil unions legal since May 2016

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Niquesa Grand Hotel Continental
 Grand Hotel Continental

The Grand Hotel Continental is housed in Palazzo Gori Pannilini, built in the 17th century by the Chigi Pope Alexander VII for his niece Olimpia on the occasion of her marriage to the nobleman Giulio de' Gori. The grandeur of the architecture and the building's sumptuous decorative scheme perfectly express the high social standing of the families. Thanks to its artistic splendor, the Continental later became the preferred Sienese residence for young European aristocrats and i ...

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