Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.
This ancient city, which goes back to Etruscan times, has so many traditions, and among them we cannot forget its cuisine: Siena, in fact, boasts the largest and tastiest menu of sweet foods in all Tuscany. Ricciarelli, panforte, pan pepato, budini di riso, cavallucci all must be tried. As must pici, a type of thick, handmade fresh pasta, pecorino cheese and Cinta Senese sausage.