SienaHalf an hour's drive from 'Hotel Certaldo is Siena, a symbol of a Tuscany more intimate and private, where people still live with a strong pride in belonging.
The most well known event is in fact the Palio, a horse race that takes place twice a year in the Piazza del Campo (or "il Campo - the field" for the people of Siena), on July 2nd and August 16th.
Despite attracting large crowds and attention from around the world and although habitual live television RAI, the race has no external commercial sponsor, and the whole event follows the tradition established in the thirteenth century, in the regulation for clothes and ceremonies, all dating back to the glory years of the Republic of Siena.
The Cathedral has inspired, among others, for the setting of Wagner's Parsifal, having had the interior of the church a very strong impression on the author during his stay in Siena.
The town, home to a University that has over 700 years of history, is easily accessible by car via the Autopalio (Firenze-Siena), or by bus or train.