One Day Tour

Siena, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano.

The historic centre of Siena has been declared by Unesco a World Heritage Site. Siena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900 BCto 400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. 

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 Sitting on a small natural hillock, this completely walled medieval town in the Siena Province of Tuscany was built in the 13th century by the overlords of Siena to command the Cassia Road running through the Val d'Elsa and Val Staggia just to the west of Monteriggioni. 

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 San Gimignano was founded as a small village in the 3rd century BC by the Etruscans. Historical records begin in the10th century, when it adopted the name of the bishop Saint Geminianus, who had defended it from Attila's Huns. San Gimignano is mainly famous for its medieval architecture especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometers outside the town.

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Umbria

Assisi, Spello.

 It was the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan Religious Order in the town in 1208, and St. Clare (Chiara d'Offreducci), the founder of the Poor Clares. Saint Gabriel of our Lady of Sorrows of the 19th century was also born in Assisi.

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 Spello (in Antiquity: Hispellum) is an ancient town and comune (township) of Italy, in the province of perugia in east central Umbria, on the lower southern flank of Mt. Subasio.

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 Gubbio, Città di Castello.

Gubbio is a town in the far northeastern part of Umbria. It is located on the lowest slope of Mt. Ingino, a small mountain of the Appennines. The historical center of Gubbio is of decidedly medieval aspect: the town is austere in appearance because of the dark grey stone, narrow streets, and Gothic architecture.

 

Città di castello may have been Etruscan; the Romans knew it as Tifernum Tiberinum ("Tifernum on the Tiber") or Civitas Tiberina. Just nearby, Pliny the Younger built his villa in Tuscis, which is identified with walls, mosaic floors and marble fragments surviving at a place now called Colle Plinio, the "Hill of Pliny".